Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent a letter to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini demanding a session of JCPOA’s Joint Commission over extension of sanctions against Tehran by US.
In his letter, Zarif has underlined Iran’s full commitment to the nuclear deal(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) the country struck with the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) last year, Tasnim news agency reported Dec. 17.
On Dec. 15, the US President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran for the next 10 year but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran's concerns that the US is backsliding on the nuclear deal.
The US lawmakers recently re-authorized the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which was first introduced in 1996 to punish investments in Iran's energy industry based on accusations that Tehran was pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iranian leaders including President Hassan Rouhani have sharply criticized the motion describing it as a breach of the last year’s landmark nuclear deal.
On Dec. 13, Rouhani ordered the country’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) to start certain nuclear activities as an answer to US "breach" of the nuclear deal.
In a letter to Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the AEOI, Rouhani ordered the organization to plan for manufacturing of nuclear marine propulsion and fuel for it.
Rouhani also ordered Zarif to follow up implementation of predicted mechanisms in the JCPOA to address violations cases.
Iranian president has given Zarif one month to submit a report on the issue, meanwhile Salehi will have three months to submit a scheduled plan on implementation of Rouhani’s decree.