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Zarif urges EU to normalize economic ties

Tehran, Iranian foreign minister in a message referred to US bullying toward the world, saying the European Union should uphold obligations, including normalization of economic relations.

'EU statement today is why JCPOA is where it is: the US has bullied Europe�and rest of world�for a year and EU can only express regret, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday.

He added: 'Instead of demanding that Iran unilaterally abide by a multilateral accord, EU should uphold obligations including normalization of economic ties.'

EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini together with foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK issued a joint statement on Thursday expressing full support for Iran's nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

'We remain fully committed to the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA, a key achievement of the global nuclear nonproliferation architecture, which is in the security interest of all,' the statement reads.

The statement comes a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced Tehran suspends some of its commitments under the deal.

Exactly one year after the US unilateral exit from the JCPOA, President Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran will give a 60day moratorium to the state parties to the deal to remedy their breaches and restore Iran's interests enshrined by the international accord.

He said that Iran will suspend selling its enriched uranium and heavy water during the twomonth period.

If the European parties come back to the negotiating table and make compensations during the mentioned time Iran will return to the previous conditions; otherwise it will suspend two more commitments, the president added.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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