Iran to retaliate if Europe imposes sanctions, ex-ambassador says(Exclusive)

Business Materials 10 January 2019 14:02 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 10

By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:

If Europe's non-constructiveness continues, the Islamic Republic [of Iran] should review its security and law enforcement cooperation with the European countries, former Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, expert on international affairs Mohsen Pakayin told Trend.

Pakayin said it commenting on the Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen's statement that EU has agreed to enact sanctions against an Iranian Intelligence Service.

In case, if sanctions are imposed by the European Union, Iran will make the necessary counter measures, he said.

Pakayin went on to add that unfortunately, Europe is not loyal to the fight against terrorism, and some European countries have even become shelters for terrorists.

He further added that EU failed to provide necessary compensation for the damage caused by the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.

Iran will independently decide on its stay in this agreement, Pakayin noted, adding that Iran has enough power to deal with the sanctions on its own, without Europe's assistance.

However, staying on Iran's side would be beneficial for Europe and the European countries agree with it, he underlined.

Europe has not taken any official steps in terms of sanctions against Iran, the former ambassador said, adding that Iran is a strong and rich country and therefore, can rely on its internal potential to govern the country and move towards economic development.

There are many friends of Iran, who are economic partners as well, and have not supported the imposed sanctions, he added.