Iranian FM calls on P5+1 to lift UNSC sanctions against Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the six world powers (the US, Russia, France, China, Britain plus Germany) to fulfill their undertakings and annul the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.
"The members of the P5+1 should comply with their undertaking and annul the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran," Zarif told reporters after meeting Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister Carmen Burlaco in Tehran on Aug. 18, Iran's Fars news agency reported.
Asked if the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) enjoy the necessary power and authority to remove the UNSC sanctions against Iran without any need to the consent of the other member states, Zarif said, "the P5+1 cannot annul the UN Security Council sanctions by themselves, but they as the five permanent Security Council members know that no agreement will be put into effect unless the p5+1 members comply with their undertaking for removing the UNSC sanctions against Iran.
Zarif said Iran has stressed this issue in all its nuclear talks with the six powers.
He said one of the major undertakings which go under discussion in every round of Iran-powers nuclear negotiations pertains to the abovementioned topic, meaning that "the P5+1 should help to the removal of the sanctions through UN Security Council mechanisms".
The Iranian foreign minister further pointed out that he would have a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as well as several bilateral talks with the P5+1 members on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September.
Iran and the P5+1 agreed to extend their nuclear negotiations for another four months until Nov. 24 after failing to meet the July 20 deadline to reach a deal on curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for ending sanctions.
The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on July 20.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.