On the anniversary of the US’ unilateral departure from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and major world powers, the Iranian Foreign Ministry says Washington has through its withdrawal forfeited all rights to address the issues concerning the landmark deal.
The ministry tweeted the comments on Thursday (May 07), the day on which the United States opted out of participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) two years ago.
“The US despises the JCPOA, has quit it, violates it, and punishes all those who commit to the deal,” the Ministry wrote.
US President Donald Trump has called the JCPOA “the worst deal ever.” He took Washington out of it in a highly publicized move that the White House has confirmed in writing. Washington then brought Iran back under the sanctions that the agreement had lifted.
The United States has also been trying to scare other countries of the world, including the JCPOA’s remaining signatories, into toeing its sanction line by quitting their business ties with the Islamic Republic.
Washington’s efforts come while the JCPOA has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council in the form of Resolution 2231.
Despite no longer being a party to the contract, Washington recently attempted to extend an embargo on the sales of conventional weapons to Iran that is set to expire under the JCPOA this October.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first announced the intention and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told reporters last week, “We are operating under the assumption that we will be able to renew the arms embargo.”
The Iranian Foreign Ministry, however, reminded that as a result of all its malicious measures, “the US is in no position whatsoever to address issues related to the JCPOA,” marking the tweet with “the US’ non-commitment” hashtag.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned the United States that Iran would not accept any violation of the UN Security Council resolution that mandates the lifting of the arms embargo against the Islamic Republic, saying the country was absolutely entitled to the ban’s cancellation.