Austria Stands by Iran Over JCPOA

Austria Stands by Iran Over JCPOA  Austria Stands by Iran Over JCPOA

A senior Austrian diplomat said European countries are opposed to any self-willed measure endangering the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, throwing Vienna's weight behind the deal.

Austria and other European countries are standing by Iran through their support for the nuclear accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Austrian Foreign Ministry's Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs Michael Linhart said in a meeting in Tehran on Sunday with Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Press TV reported.

Linhart said Vienna and other European capitals will never allow any unilateral measure to pose a threat to the landmark pact. US President Donald Trump delivered an anti-Iran speech on Oct. 13, in which he said he would not be certifying Iran's compliance with the terms of JCPOA under a domestic American law and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

In a meeting in Luxembourg in mid-October, EU foreign ministers reaffirmed their support for the historic agreement, saying the accord is working and is a key component of non-proliferation efforts.

After the meeting, they issued a statement, expressing their determination to fully implement the international accord.

In addition, the Austrian official said his country supports expansion of parliamentary cooperation with Iran.

Linhart hoped that Tehran and Vienna would adopt strategies to improve political, economic and parliamentary relations.

The Iranian lawmaker lashed out at the US president for making spiteful remarks against the nuclear deal.

"JCPOA is a collective agreement endorsed by the UN [Security Council] Resolution [2231] and no one can terminate it unilaterally," he said.

Boroujerdi emphasized that the Islamic Republic would give a "fitting response" to any possible unilateral and unwise measure by the US in violation of the deal.

Since his presidency in January, a year after the deal took effect, Trump has been pushing for renegotiation of the deal, which has not been accepted by other signatories to the deal, namely Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, as well as Iran.


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