Western, Saudi Efforts to Block JCPOA Censured

Western, Saudi Efforts to Block JCPOA Censured Western, Saudi Efforts to Block JCPOA Censured

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized some western states and Saudi Arabia for their attempts to prevent Iran from receiving the benefits of last year's nuclear deal with world powers.

"Mischievous acts by the Saudis and certain western states have caused disruptions in a way that Iran cannot use the conditions created after the nuclear agreement," Larijani said, addressing a gathering in Tehran on Saturday, Fars News Agency reported.

"The Saudis are showing blatant enmity toward Iran in the region and even the Saudi foreign minister has recently said they should not allow an economic opening in Iran."

In relevant remarks in May, Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi lashed out at Israel, Saudi Arabia and the extremist lobbies inside the US for their attempts to hinder the implementation of the nuclear deal, which was concluded in July 2015 and came into force in January.

"The extremist lobbies inside the US, the Zionist regime and certain countries, including Saudi Arabia, are using Iranophobia to prevent Iran from reaping the fruits of the nuclear deal," Araqchi said in an interview with state television.

The deputy minister also said such moves and the remaining US sanctions have deterred major European banks' interactions with Iran.

"Certain mid-sized and small European banks have had interactions and opened letters of credit with their Iranian counterparts," he said.