Iran to review possible withdrawal from nuclear deal before US elections
TEHRAN, Iran, Aug.11
Iran continues to participate in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action despite the fact that signatories were not very committed to the deal; however, the country should review the possible withdrawal before the US election, former MP Asghar Salimi told Trend.
"The Europeans did not deliver their promises in terms of financial relations with Iran and the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) has not been launched for import of medicine and food items to Iran. The country has problem to import medicines, since there are many types of drugs that are not produced domestically," Salimi added.
"In the current situation, the parliament should consider possible withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, while the parliament's research center should review all the aspects of the issue in cooperation with the Expediency Council and the government's experts," he said.
"I think we should wait cautiously until the US elections and see the results; however, we can not ignore the issue during this time," he said answering whether the exit from the nuclear deal is a good way to solve Iran's problems.
"If Iran's expectations are not met by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the country's participation in the deal is not productive. During US election campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden expressed readiness to return to nuclear deal, so we should wait to see what path the country takes after the election," the former MP noted.
"The issue over possible withdrawal of Iran from the deal shall be studied before the US election, but the decision needs to be made afterwards," he said.
The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8, 2018, was followed by re-imposing sanctions against Iran. Meanwhile, Europe tried to launch INSTEX, a special-purpose vehicle to facilitate the Iran's purchase of food and medicine to bypass US sanctions, successfully concluded its first transaction on March 31.