In a letter to the UN Secretary-General on the second anniversary of the U.S.’s JCPOA withdrawal, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif argued that “it is time for the Security Council and its members to ensure and guarantee the full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides…the Council should strongly condemn the U.S. for (re)imposing its illegal sanctions against Iranians in violation of the UN Charter, UN Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) and international law. The U.S. should be held responsible for these damages, and the Iranian nation must be compensated adequately”. Zarif further emphasised that “Iran remains prepared to continue dialogue at all levels to ensure the full implementation of the JCPOA by all participants and will continue its full and effective cooperation with the IAEA”. Referring to U.S. efforts to renew the UN arms embargo on Iran expiring in October 2020, Zarif warned that “any new sanction or restriction by the Security Council is against the fundamental commitments made to Iran. In such a scenario, Iran’s options, as already notified to the remaining participants of the JCPOA, would be firm and the U.S. and any entity which may assist the U.S. – or acquiesce in its illegal behaviour – would bear the responsibility”. “My nation has already shown its good faith and full responsibility. Now this is the turn for the international community to reciprocate the Iranian people”, Zarif added.
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