Zarif: US Defies Letter, Spirit of Nuclear Pact

Zarif: US Defies Letter, Spirit of Nuclear Pact Zarif: US Defies Letter, Spirit of Nuclear Pact

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at US President Donald Trump for accusing Iran of “not living up to the spirit” of a nuclear deal with six countries, saying Washington itself should remain committed to the text of the agreement in the first place.

“We’ll see if US [is] prepared to live up to letter of the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is formally known] let alone [to its] spirit. So far, it [the US] has defied both,” Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Friday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

His comments came after Trump claimed on Thursday that Iran is “not living up to the spirit” of JCPOA, just two days after his administration reported that Iran was complying with the requirements laid out in the accord.

The senior Iranian diplomat also asked, “Should I use my highlighter again?”, referring to a tweet he had posted earlier highlighting part of the text of JCPOA, according to which the US administration had undertaken to support the successful implementation of the accord.

Iran and six major powers concluded JCPOA in July 2015. It took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered mainly by US policies.


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