US Advised to Stop Testing Iran’s Patience

US Advised to Stop Testing Iran’s PatienceUS Advised to Stop Testing Iran’s Patience

A lawmaker warned that Iran is reaching the limit of its patience over the poor US adherence to the historic nuclear accord and might consider pulling out of the deal.

"There are limits to Iran's self-restraint. We cannot be expected to exercise self-restraint any longer against America's lack of commitment," Gholamali Jafarzadeh said in an interview with ICANA on Sunday.

The accord was concluded in July 2015 and went into force six months later to place temporary curbs on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for removing international sanctions that targeted key economic sectors, including oil and banking.

Jafarzadeh was commenting on a recent parliamentary report in which the Majlis renewed criticism of the US obstructive approach to the implementation of the pact, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"Unjust and hostile moves by the United States have prevented the full implementation of JCPOA and the effective lifting of financial and banking sanctions," said the report, compiled by Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and read out in the parliament's open session earlier in the day.

"In view of this, the parliament calls on the government to act decisively and transparently and in a timely manner to abide by all the nine articles of legislation passed by the Majlis on October 4, 2015, titled 'the Iranian Government's Reciprocal Action on the Implementation of JCPOA'."

The report requires the government to closely monitor the other side's commitments and, in the event of any breach, stop cooperating on the deal and move to increase nuclear activity back to pre-deal levels and safeguard the rights of the Iranian people.

Need for Goodwill

Despite the Islamic Republic's full adherence to the terms of the action plan, the US has spared no effort to impede the Islamic Republic's access to the deal's benefits, said the report, carried by Iranian news agencies.

Iran has been expressing frustration and dismay over the lack of access to financing, funds and insurance facilities from abroad, which it needs to help jumpstart its sanctions-hit economy.

Residual US restrictions, including a ban on clearing Iran-related transactions through Washington's financial system, have made overseas banks and companies steer clear of deals with Iranians on fears of possible US retribution over even an unwitting sanctions violation.

"If Washington [truly] likes to see a positive atmosphere after the JCPOA and wants its sustained implementation, it should demonstrate goodwill by helping fully restore Iran's [international] banking relations," Jafarzadeh said.

"It is also expected to stop usurping and stealing the assets of the Iranian nation or it would risk Iran's retaliatory action."

Adding to complications, US Republican lawmakers, who control the House of Representatives and Senate, and unanimously oppose the nuclear deal, have introduced several anti-Iran measures to interfere with its implementation.

The US Supreme Court ruled in April that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran.  


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