Welcoming the decision by the six European countries to join INSTEX, in a statement, the E3 remarked that “this step further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran and is a clear expression of our continuing commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”. They further maintained that “Iran must return to full compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA without delay”, while emphasising their “readiness to consider all mechanisms in the JCPOA, including the dispute resolution mechanism, to resolve the issues related to Iran’s implementation of its JCPOA commitments”. “We remain fully committed to pursuing our efforts towards a diplomatic resolution within the framework of the JCPOA”, the statement added. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, subsequently took to Twitter to state that “instead of arrogant threats or hollow paper promises, the E3/EU—and future INSTEX shareholder Sweden—should start with something very simple; a minimal human duty: Ask Molnlycke [Health Care] to sell products enabling Iranian kids with EB to cover their wounds. Economic terrorism kills”.
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