Iran waiting for Europe further action on nuclear deal: Fmr FM
Beijing, Iran is waiting to see more signs of commitment to the nuclear deal from Europe as the measures so far have not met Iran's expectations, a senior Iranian official said.
Europe must fulfill its obligations under the nuclear deal and support it to keep it alive, Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi told students at Beijing Foreign Studies University on Tuesday evening.
Europe, as a signatory to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), declared its commitment to the deal after the US withdrew from it unilaterally in May.
The former foreign minister of Iran also noted that Europe has taken some steps in propping up the deal, including reviving its Blocking Statute.
'They, however, have not fulfilled their obligations clearly,' he said.
Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and keeping the banking ties between Iran and central banks are among other measures taken by Europe in support of JCPOA.
The Europe proposal package on the deal has not been implemented yet, the Iranian veteran diplomat said, but Iran is hopeful that it will be implemented in coming months as a guarantee for European companies.
Iran reserves the right to stop implementing parts or all of its obligations under the JCPOA if Europe cannot meet Iran's expectations, Kharrazi said, adding that Tehran is still waiting for the parties to do their obligations.
Commenting on Iran's relation with its neighbors, the officials said that Tehran foreign policy is based on having dialogue for a good neighborly relationship.
However, with regard to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, he said that the senior politicians of these countries should review their policies.
They added to the problems in Syria by financing and supplying weapons to terrorists, he said.
Saudi Arabia has not learned any lesson despite bombing Yemen over the past three years, Kharrazi said suggesting that Riyadh's wrong foreign policies had been the underlying reason for deteriorating relations with Tehran.
If Saudi Arabia and the UAE review their policies, he said, Iran would be ready for resolving problems with them.
Iran welcomes China's cooperation in developing oil fields and investment in various sectors including petrochemicals, Kharrazi said.
Iran is a producer, and China is a major energy consumer, he said, and the two countries' interests is in keeping the bilateral relation despite all pressure being exerted by other countries.
'Beijing proved that it would not bow to the US pressure and is pursuing its own interests,' Kharrazi said.
China and Iran can also cooperate in reconstruction of Syria too, he added.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA