Iran says US shown ‘yellow card’ on JCPOA implementation
Tehran, Iran, Sept. 23
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
In the first session of JCPOA Joint Committee, the foreign ministers of the group 5+1 reprimanded the US for misconduct in implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
“The ministers in the meeting strongly noted the US that what they do is not exactly in agreement to the JCPOA and that they should revise their work, when the US vowed to improve the procedure,” Rouhani said upon arriving in Tehran from New York, IRIB news agency reported September 23.
In New York to attend the UN General Assembly, the foreign ministers of Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) met as the first session of the JCPOA Joint Committee to review the implementation of the deal.
While Iran is to make changes to its nuclear program under the JCPOA, the world powers are to ensure that Iran benefits from the lift of economic sanctions. Tehran, however, has been saying the US has failed to uphold the spirit of the deal by blocking its assets and not helping foreign banks and companies resign their fear of punishment for doing business with Iran.
In late April, a US court blocked nearly $2 billion of Iranian assets in the States. The court said the money had to go to the American victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 truck bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. Investigators of the court concluded that Iran was “responsible” for that attack, which Tehran has denied.
The United States also left Iran hanging for airplanes it had bought from Boeing and Airbus. The US Treasury permitted the transfer of the airplanes to Iran only on September 21 – nearly nine months after Iran made deals with the companies.
Iran has had a hard time convincing foreign banks, insurance companies and manufacturers abroad to come forth for business for they fear being punished by the US Treasury.
Tehran says the US has been violating its commitments under the JCPOA.