Publish dateThursday 27 September 2018 - 11:00
Story Code : 171598
Zarif: When will the US learn its lesson?
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted the United States for abusing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to further undermine the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, an accord that US President Donald Trump quit in May.
AVA- In a tweet on Wednesday, Zarif said Trump's decision to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and violate the UN resolution that endorses it only led to Washington's isolation.
Trump chaired his first UNSC session on Wednesday, where he threatened that any individuals or entities that fail to comply with Iran sanctions will “face server consequences” and stressed that the US will ensure Iran will never get a nuclear bomb.
Under the JCPOA, which was originally struck between Iran and six world powers -- the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany-- Iran agreed to limit certain parts of its nuclear energy program in exchange for removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.
Trump, however, said that the US will pursue tougher Iran sanctions, “tougher than ever before,” and defended re-imposing sanctions on Iran, citing its "malign conduct."
Shortly after the US president opened the UNSC session, Zarif told reporters it was "incredible" that the very person violating the council's resolutions was calling on other countries to respect it.
America's plans to undermine the nuclear deal and put more economic pressure on Iran has put it at odds with the European Union (EU), which has extended financial ties with the Islamic Republic.
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