Zarif: US Admin. Harbors ’Visceral Hatred’ Toward Iran

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US administration is in denial of Iran’s obvious commitment to its obligations under a 2015 deal due to Washington’s “visceral hatred” toward Tehran.

“The UN & entire world say Iran is in full compliance with its commitments, but US visceral hatred of Iran compels it to deny the obvious,” Zarif tweeted on Friday. Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, namely the US, the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany, signed a nuclear accord in Vienna in 2015. Under the deal, nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic were lifted, and, in return, Iran agreed to discontinue certain aspects of its peaceful nuclear program.

On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council held a plenary meeting addressing the implementation of that deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA]. The event saw the UN, the European Union, and many major world countries all speaking appreciatively of Iran’s commitment to the deal, while the United States alone cried foul.

The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman – himself originally from America – EU Ambassador to the UN Joao Vale de, and Britain’s Deputy UN Ambassador Peter Wilson, were among those who hailed Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA.

Feltman told the Council that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “is deeply encouraged by the continued commitment by all participants to the agreement,” calling it “the embodiment of successful multilateral diplomacy, political will, and perseverance.” He said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had issued seven reports, the latest in early June, documenting Iran’s continued implementation of its nuclear-related commitments.

The IAEA is tasked with monitoring the technical aspects of the nuclear deal. However, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, claimed the Council had ignored what she said was “Iran’s repeated violations” of the nuclear agreement.

Source: News Agencies

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