Iran's Zarif to meet European Union foreign chief in Brussels

Iran's Zarif to meet European Union foreign chief in Brussels

Iran's Zarif to meet European Union foreign chief in Brussels

"Actually Europeans played a very good role in past two or three months to prevent the US Congress from doing anything wrong regarding the JCPOA but I'm not sure they can do the same with President Trump himself". The protests killed at least 21 people and led to the arrests of over 1,000 including 90 students.

Zarif denied reports that the talks would focus on the recent protests in Iran that claimed 21 lives, saying such claims were "baseless and unfounded".

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini convened Thursday's meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif "to ensure a full and continued implementation" of the 2015 agreement. "The Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) is fully prepared to speed up our nuclear program and we have also our instructions to go and activate the mechanism in the JCPOA to deal with this non-compliance of the deal by the USA".

In October, Trump refused to certify that Iran was complying with the deal, titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Ation (JCPOA), even though the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it was. Still, he has so far stopped short of withdrawing the United States from the accord. This time, USA leaders should not let them down.

But with the latest US certification deadline looming in mid-month, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi on January 8 said "the global community must be prepared for the USA possibly pulling out" of the agreement.

"It's been more than a year that the United States president has sought to destroy the JCPOA with all his efforts", said Aragchi, speaking at the Tehran Security Conference.

So far, the deal has helped defuse the Iran nuclear crisis and bolstered the global non-proliferation regime.

If the US administration decides to breach the nuclear deal, "the global community and our region will be the biggest loser, since a successful experience in the worldwide arena will be lost", he said.

"Our region will not become a safer region without the JCPOA", Aragchi said.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that Tehran "would not prejudge the decision that America would take on January 13", but said it was ready for all possible outcomes and "all options were on the table".

It seems that Iranian administration has concluded that the United States is determined to exit from the nuclear deal.

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