Speaking at a news conference on January 20, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stated that Tehran is still complying with the 2015 nuclear treaty, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ( JCPOA).
“Tehran is still in the treaty … it is groundless for European countries to say that Iran is violating the treaty,” Mousavi said.
The representative of Iran’s Foreign Ministry clarified that “whether Iran continues to reduce its nuclear commitments will depend on the other parties and whether Iran’s interests are guaranteed under the treaty.” He also condemned European countries for failing to fulfill their obligations under the treaty.
|Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi|
The announcement came a day after France, Britain and Germany issued a joint statement on Jan. 14, saying that they “had no other choice, with Iran’s actions”, but were forced to take action. Iran failed to comply with its treaty commitments to the Joint Committee under the JCPOA Dispute Settlement Mechanism.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also accused Britain, France and Germany of “surrendering to American rape” on Iran, and reaffirmed that European countries could still save the treaty, “But not by giving in to bullying and putting pressure on the party who is complying”.