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Zarif says commitment to JCPOA is to US benefit

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a multilateral treaty and it will be to the benefit of the US and other sides to remain committed to such internationally recognized treaty.

Addressing a group of Japanese intellectuals working on international affairs (JLLA), he said nuclear deal is not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the US to enable the US to resume talks or walk it out, but it is a type of agreement that the European Union has been directly directly involved in it and the United Nations has approved it through a Security Council resolution.

It will be to the benefit of the US and other parties to remain committed to such an international agreement, he said.

On a question about US sanctions on banking transactions with Iran in dollar, Zarif said it is the US which has deprived itself on dollar-based economic transactions with Iran and for the same reason Iran will deal with other countries with their own national monetary system and with Japan with Yen or Euro.

Zarif emphasized that in modern world each country is entitled to exert its effect on the international system.

The era of monopoly is over and non-governmental organizations are now turned into major players and it can be seen that some organizations have effects on global developments, he said.

After the Cold War and disintegration of the Soviet Union, many people assumed that a new century has statrted for the US and the war in Afghanistan was to bring about a new world order, but it led to formation and bolstering of terrorism and extremism, said Zarif.

He stressed that in resolving global issues, one cannot trust win-lose games since they lead to zero sum games.

Irania foreign minister said the same rule should be now applied to Syria as the balance of power between the government forces and their opponents could not be disturbed based on win-lose game.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that Iran is ready to have interaction and cooperation with the world.

He said nuclear deal is not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the US enabling the US to resume talks or walk it out, but it is a type of agreement that the European Union has been directly involved and the United Nations has approved through a Security Council resolution.

the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a multilateral treaty and it will be to the benefit of the US and other sides to remain committed to such internationally recognized treaty.

The best scenario for the Americans is to return the economic sanctions to its previous status since the sanctions will not bear fruits to them. If they could have destroyed our economic system through sanctions, they would not have attended the negotiation table, he said.

We have learned how to ensure our security with reliance on our people and seeking interaction with the world, but if such ties are cut, we will not die, he said.

During economic sanctions, Iran attained significant developments in various fields since the will of Iranians never failed and to the same reason, Iran tries to continue its efforts along with its friends at the international community to continue sound implementation of the JCPOA, Zarif said.

For many years, each party insisted on its own stands, he said, adding that Iran underlined its legitimate nuclear right and the US claimed that Iran should not have even one single centrifuge, but that way of dealing with the issue could not last for ever, he said.

When President Rouhani took office, Iran redefined the issue and adopted a different approach in handling the problem, the foreign minister said.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of IRAN

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