Zarif, Kerry Seek Ways to Push JCPOA Forward

Zarif, Kerry Seek Ways to Push JCPOA ForwardZarif, Kerry Seek Ways to Push JCPOA Forward

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Oslo on Wednesday to find ways to  remove obstacles in the way of Iran taking advantage of last year's nuclear deal with world powers to revitalize its economy.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 2016 edition of the Oslo Forum, an annual international conference of armed conflict mediators and peace process players, Tasnim News Agency reported.

In the session at an Oslo hotel, the two senior diplomats discussed issues regarding the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear agreement with the six major powers (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) is formally known.

Earlier on Tuesday, +delegations from Iran and the European Union, led by Zarif and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, had met in the Norwegian capital to discuss ways to smooth the path for JCPOA enforcement.

Since the nuclear accord came into force in January, Tehran has often complained about the failure of some parties, especially the US, to fulfill their commitments under the deal, in particular the full removal of financial and banking sanctions.

The Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting on Tuesday with senior officials strongly criticized Washington for its failure to honor pledges under the JCPOA.

"The duty of the other side was removing the sanctions, but it has not fulfilled that duty. It has lifted part of the sanctions, but in practicality the sanctions have not been lifted."