Initiator of Iran’s Strategic Action Bill Urges Germany to Honor JCPOA

08 Dec 2020

Initiator of Iran’s Strategic Action Bill Urges Germany to Honor JCPOA

By Tasnim News

December 8, 2020

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/12/08/2405914/initiator-of-iran-s-strategic-action-bill-urges-germany-to-honor-jcpoa

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian lawmaker who had proposed a strategic action for lifting of the sanctions called on Germany to fulfill commitments under the JCPOA and stand against the US’ excessive demands.

In a Monday meeting with Germany’s ambassador to Tehran, Chairman of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zonnoori denounced the European states’ inaction in implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal and their failure to save the JCPOA in practice.

“I believe that if Europe, including Germany, acts effectively in defending its commitments under the JCPOA, stand against the US’ excessive demands, and behave responsibly in the face of the ongoing crimes in West Asia, we will have a safe world with minimum tensions and crisis,” the MP added.

He pointed to the newly-ratified parliamentary bill on lifting of the sanctions and safeguarding national interests, saying the JCPOA parties have a deadline of two months to prove their goodwill in practical commitment to the deal.

Zonnoori also condemned the Western and European double standards on access to nuclear energy, saying the West turns a blind eye to the Zionist regime with hundreds of atomic warheads, but opposes Iran’s peaceful and scientific activities in the nuclear industry.

For his part, German envoy Hans Odo Motzel said Berlin supports the JCPOA and believes that precise implementation of the deal would serve the interests of all parties.

His comments came after a harsh response from Iran to the German foreign minister’s idea of a new deal with Tehran including limits on its missile power.

In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the three EU parties to the 2015 nuclear deal must do the following “before speaking about what Iran should do.”

“Stop despicable Covid Apartheid, honor your obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and stop violating JCPOA,” Zarif said.

He also urged Germany to end “malign behavior” in the region, including the “$100 billion arms sales to Persian Gulf and blind support for Israel terror.”

Maas has said that a new broader Iran nuclear accord must be reached to rein in Tehran’s ballistic missile program, claiming that the 2015 deal was no longer enough.