Tehran, Iran, November 24
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran has been too patient with the signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because they have not, by any degrees, kept pace in following their commitments, an Iranian Member of Parliament believes.
Nasser Mousavi Laregani made the statement in an interview with Trend, commenting on an EU delegation's recent visit to Tehran, where the delegation members promised full support of the nuclear deal.
"Such statements by Mogherini (the EU’s foreign policy chief) or her representative are acceptable only if they turn into action," the Iranian MP noted.
"While we have so far acted to all our commitments under JCPOA, such as exporting the surplus enriched uranium, dismantling and filling with concrete our reactor’s calandria, reducing the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to less than 5,000, and turning the Fordow facility into a research complex, the other side has not done anything so far," Laregani stressed.
"At the start of the implementation of the deal, some breakthroughs seemed to be on horizon. Such as oil contracts that were signed… or aircraft purchase deals," he said.
"However, these contracts are also problematic. While we are the holder of the oil reserves, we have a mere 19 percent share of the contract, while the European side gains 52 percent and the Chinese contractor gains the rest. As for the airplanes, a few of the promised 100 were imported, the fate of the rest is unclear. Neither have the banking restrictions been removed, so that our businessmen cannot open lines of credit or transfer money via banks," said Laregani.
The MP stressed that Iran must have restored its full nuclear program upon the first breach of the JCPOA by the United States.
"Right after the US extended the 10-year sanctions, Iran should have restored its 20-percent uranium enrichment. But no action was taken. Later, the KAATSA sanctions were introduced, yet no action was taken by Iran. When the other party is so rude as to abandon its own word, more serious actions have to be applied," Laregani believes.
"All that is happening is the unwrapping of the Supreme Leader’s predictions, that is, once the nuclear issue has been settled, (the West) will set for the missiles issue, then for the IRGC, then Lebanon’s Hezbollah. There is no end to what they demand. This is because they are against our system from the bottom up," he said.
On October 13, US President Donald Trump announced tougher approach to the IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) for its missile program and regional presence.
Following that, French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country is a signatory of the JCPOA, launched a campaign against Iran’s missile program and started calling for tougher sanctions on Iran.