Unilateralism on JCPOA will only harm US: Larijani

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Unilateralism on JCPOA will only harm US: Larijani

arliament Speaker of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Larijani says unilateral policies adopted by the United States with regard to the 2015 nuclear deal will only harm Washington, because the international community is unanimous in supporting the accord.

According to Press TV, he made the remarks in a press conference before leaving Tehran for the Russian city of St. Petersburg to attend the 137th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Larijani said there is international consensus on sustaining the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries in July 2015.

“European countries have emphasized the position for maintaining the JCPOA and, in fact, there is some sort of consensus at international level, but one country has taken a unilateral approach and this unilateralism will be to its detriment,” he said.

Touching on US President Donald Trump’s hostile stance on the nuclear deal, the top Iranian parliamentarian said the Islamic Republic had already prepared itself for different scenarios. 

“There is no urgency among Iranian authorities and we have also found solutions for any situation,” he said, Trump’s stance reflected his “inexperience.”

“I have information that the position of European countries, Russia and China in preserving the JCPOA is similar to that of Iran and these prompt moves and imprecise behavior by the Americans in that regard are problematic both for themselves and other countries.”

Larijani referred to a meeting between representatives from Iran and the P5+1 countries in New York last month in which no participants supported the US stance on the JCPOA.

The countries, which opposed the US, argue that “the JCPOA is an international agreement and endorsed by a resolution passed by the Security Council and in fact, the JCPOA is part of the resolution, outside the purview of the countries,” he added.

The Speaker is set to attend the 137th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union Larijani. In addition, he is expected to hold bilateral meeting with other countries’ parliament speakers during his visit to St. Petersburg.

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