Foreign minister of Iran Javad Zarif has announced his resignation, an abrupt departure might signify his frustration with the failure to implement the 2015 nuclear agreement with the West.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said he wishes to apologize for not being able to continue, but gave no further explanation for his resignation, the announcement he made via social network.
“Thank you very much to the dear and honorable people of Iran over the past 67 months. I sincerely apologize for the incapacity to continue serving and all the shortcomings during the service. I thank the Iranian nation and officials,” he wrote.
“Either way, he and @HassanRouhani are just front men for a corrupt religious mafia. We know @khamenei_ir makes all final decisions. Our policy is unchanged—the regime must behave like a normal country and respect its people” – Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State reacted in his Twitter micro blog.
“EU Member States will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue trade with Iran, in accordance with European Union law, and could be opened to other partners in the world” – EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini said, promising to deliver “more technical information” in the coming days. (Image above: illustration).
The decision was taken at Ministerial Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, the EU and as the Islamic Republic of Iran amid UN General Assembly week in New York.
Iranian Foreign minister Javad Zarif said to the EU energy chief Miguel Arias Canete that the bloc must take “practical steps” to strengthen economic ties with Tehran after Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, underlining that “political support” was not enough.
“With the withdrawal of America, [Iran’s] public expectations of the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal’s gains, and in the current context, the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Zarif said during the meeting with Miguel Arias Canete, the EU’s energy Commissioner, in Tehran on Sunday (20/05/2018), the IRNA news agency reports.
“I just met with the Foreign Ministers of France (Jean-Yves Le Drian), Germany (Heiko Maas), the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Mohammad Javad Zarif) this afternoon and this evening, in two separate meetings, to discuss our common lines and the work ahead of us, following the announcement made by the United States of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal” – the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini said.
“We recalled our commitment to the continued, full and effective implementation of the Iran nuclear deal that was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, as a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and a significant diplomatic achievement.”
“We, together, regretted the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and we recognised that the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions and the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran constitute essential parts of the agreement.”
“We stressed the commitment we all share to ensure that this will continue to be delivered and we agreed to this end to deepen our dialogue at all levels.”
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has entered polemics with the US requesting to propose a better alternative to the deal with Iran that curbs its nuclear programme.
Following talks in Brussels with his Iranian and European counterparts, he said the 2015 accord was a considerable accomplishment that was preventing Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
Mr Johnson underlined that Islamic Republic has been fully compliant with its obligations in the framework of the nuclear deal.
Russia confirms its support of the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran, formerly the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at his meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on this weeek.
“It is important to share views on how Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is being implemented,” Lavrov said. “We note IAEA Director General’s clearly-defined statement that Iran meets its commitments in full” – TASS news agency reports.
“We will advocate for viability of this deal and its most significant contribution to regional stability and to solving the issue of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” he underlined.
The deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached between Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned terrort attacks in Tehran, warning about the rise of terrorism as a serious threat to global security.
Zarif, who arrived in Turkey on 7th of June, Wedensday, for an official visit, denounced the “indiscriminate” terror attacks and said terrorism was threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world, PressTV reports.
“Very grave conditions are prevailing in the region” in the in terms of security, Zarif said at Ankara’s Esenboga Airpor
According to the emergency services chief, 12 people have been killed and over 40 others wounded in the twin assaults in Teheran.