Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the rebel Middle East nation “will revert” to its commitments under the nuclear deal scrapped by US President Donald Trump if Europe implement their part of the agreement. He told the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute that Iran plans to scale back its commitments “can be reversed within hours” should Britain, Germany, France and the remainder of the bloc make good on their promises, Sputnik News reports. Tehran has accused Europe of failing to ever fully implement the terms of the agreement.
He said: “If Europe fulfils its deal obligations, we will return to complying with ours. We will do it even in case the United States won’t return to the JCPOA.”
He added “it is not Iran, it is the US who is looking to destroy the nuclear deal”.
He continued: “We can return to compliance within a few hours.”
Mr Zarif went on to warn of the dangers he said were posed by the US after President Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018, and dubbed the Republican’s policies “unpredictable”.
His words today came after a period of substantial pressure on Iran from Western nations over its reported desire to obtain nuclear weapons.
However, two days ago it was revealed French President Emmanuel Macron has been in close talks with Tehran.
Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani has traded barbs in the past with the likes of US President Trump and Boris Johnson, but French boss Macron has stayed out of the line of fire due to the pair’s alleged working relationship.
Those suspicions were strengthened today after Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas claimed that the two have been in contact and announced a possible visit for Mr Rouhani to France.
He said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes friendly solutions.
“There have been contacts between President Macron and President Rouhani and also exchange of diplomats.
“There is a possibility of Mr Rouhani’s visit to France and we will announce if it is finalised.
“Iran always leaves the door open for negotiation and seeks to expand bilateral and regional cooperation to de-escalate tensions.
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The incident happened after British territory Gibraltar seized Grace 1, a vessel owned by Iran, which was accused of breaking sanctions by transporting oil in the EU.
Iran also shot down a drone fro the US that they claimed was in Tehran waters.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was broken last year by Trump and soured relations between Washington and Tehran.
Following Iran’s decision to mirror Trump’s move and pull out of the agreement themselves last month, Mr Macron confirmed he was keen to “engage in a de-escalation of tensions related to Iranian nuclear issue”.
A statement read: “The President of the Republic has agreed with his Iranian counterpart to explore by July 15 conditions to resume dialogue between the parties.”