Tehran, Iran, July 28
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Iran says if it sees a violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in its nuclear program by any members of the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), it will be easier for the Islamic Republic to return to its past nuclear activities than for the P5+1 to snap their sanctions back.
"Any time we feel the opposite side has violated their commitments, the snapback to our program will be immediate," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said, Tasnim news agency reported July 28.
Many Iranians have expressed worry that the snapback option in the JCPOA, Iran's nuclear deal with the six powers reached on July 14, will be an easy way for the P5+1 group to shun their commitments.
According to the snapback mechanism, if any of the P5+1 members discerns violation of the deal by the Iranian side, they can start a process to reinitiate sanctions on Iran.
Iran's objective by signing the JCPOA has been the removal of the sanctions that have been a pain in the neck for the country. But, the Islamic Republic has had to give up part of its nuclear activities to gain the sanctions relief.
"The resolution and agreement should be viewed together. The snapback starts from the deal and a 60-day process has been devised for it," Araqchi said. "The case should be brought before a joint committee, and then discussed at the Iran-P5+1 foreign ministers meeting and then from there, to be sent to a council of three representatives. In fact, these should be done before the case can reach the UN Security Council."
Araqchi added that if Iran is the plaintiff, it would not wait to see the case brought before the UN Security Council if the council of three representatives also fails to meet Iran 's consent.
"For us the process is quick and the snapback can happen after 30 days," he concluded.
Edited by CN