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FM urges int’l community to stand up to US bullying

Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said each and every member of the international community is duty-bound to stand up to US law-breaking behavior and bullying.

In letters to his counterparts last week, Zarif called for international condemnation of US illegal and unilateral acts such as its exit from Iran nuclear with G5+1 known as the Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Illegal withdrawal of the US government from the JCPOA, especially bullying methods used by this government to bring other governments in line, has discredited the rule of law while challenging the principles of the UN Charter and efficiency of international bodies, the foreign minister said.

He added that the US withdrawal from the JCPOA was its biggest effort to weaken the nuclear accord and the UN Resolution 2231, adopted in July 2015 to endorse the historic deal.

Zarif reiterated that the agreement's scope, regulations and time frame were the outcome of 'accurate, sensitive and balanced multilateral' talks and it is impossible to make any change or hold new negotiations about them.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany.

Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose 'the highest level' of economic bans on Tehran.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The foreign minister said the conclusion of the JCPOA put an end to an 'unnecessary crisis' which lasted for more than one decade.

'The JCPOA does not belong only to its signatories in a way that one side will be able to arbitrarily and irresponsibly reject it based on its domestic policy or political differences with a former ruling administration,' the top Iranian diplomat added.

He emphasized that despite the US acts of sabotage and incomplete implementation of the JCPOA, the Islamic Republic has fully complied with its obligations under the deal.

If the nuclear accord is to continue to stand, the remaining parties and other trade partners must give assurances to Iran that they would make up for the US withdrawal without any conditions and through national, regional and international measures, he said.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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