TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his British counterpart Dominic Raab reviewed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the nuclear deal, during a phone a conversation.
In a telephone conversation on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also discussed other issues of mutual interest, including bilateral relations and certain humanitarian issues.
Iran reiterated that it will not accept any change in the contents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which has been approved by the UN, implying that any US demand for a renegotiation of the nuclear deal is rejected outright.
The nuclear deal, named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached on July 14, 2015 between Iran and a group of countries then known as the P5+1 — which included the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany.
In May 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the JCPOA and re-instated the anti-Iran sanctions that had been lifted under the accord. He also imposed secondary sanctions on third parties that sought to do business with Iran, effectively targeting the European parties to the agreement.
Verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to honor their commitments and offset the impacts of the US withdrawal.
But, as the European parties continued to renege on their obligations, the Islamic Republic moved to scale down its commitment to the JCPOA in a gradual format and based on the provisions of the accord itself that addressed a party’s legal rights in case of non-performance by other sides.