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Swedish envoy: US non-renewal of sanctions waivers, big mistake

Tehran Sweden Ambassador to Iran Helena Sangeland on Tuesday described Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a significant achievement which should be preserved, saying that non-renewal of sanctions waivers and violating the deal by the US would be a big mistake.

Responding a question whether European states will remain on the US' side if it refuses to extend sanctions waivers and continues to violate JCPOA, she said that Europe and Sweden have strongly supported the JCPOA and announced that Iran was in compliance with it commitments under the international deal.

Sangeland made the remarks while addressing a meeting of Strategic Council of Foreign Relations dubbed 'Europe and West Asia's Geopolitical Issues' held in the Iranian capital.

Contending that JCPOA is an important achievement in the field of international diplomacy, she stressed the need for maintaining the landmark deal.

The Americans will make a big mistake, if they refuse to extend Iran sanctions reliefs, said the Swedish ambassador.

Europe should see how Tehran would react against Washington's move, if the latter breaches the JCPOA, Sangeland noted.

AS to the impact of the JCPOA on the scale of trade activities with Iran, she said that Europeans are interested to start trade with Iran and JCPOA can help improve commercial ties between the Iranian and Swedish tradesmen.

Despite some difficulties, Iran-Europe trade has witnessed progress in 2017, the Swedish envoy said.

Sweden has always favored human rights and rule of law in all meetings with the various countries, particularly West Asia, she said, noting, We are in talks with Saudi Arabia in various fields including human rights.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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