Iran considers Europe’s offer to salvage nuclear agreement insufficient
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    Iran considers Europe’s offer to salvage nuclear agreement insufficient

    The Iranian President, Hassan Rohani, believes that the entirety of measures offered by the Europeans, to compensate for the effects of the US government’s withdrawal from Iran’s international nuclear programme, have not to date proven satisfactory. The IRNA (the official Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency) reported the issue on Thursday.

    During a telephone call with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, Mr Rohani stated that “Europe’s proposed package to Iran for continued cooperation as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the official abbreviation of the agreement, editor’s note) does not meet all of the demands of the Islamic Republic.”

    Furthermore, the IRNA adds that the Iranian President had further expressed his “hope”. He wanted Friday’s meeting in Vienna of the foreign affairs ministers of the five countries committed to the agreement (Germany, China, France, United Kingdom and Russia), with their Iranian counterpart, to “enable the fulfilment of all of the Iranian demands for [Iran’s] continued cooperation as part of the agreement.”

    The Europeans, Russia and China, urged by Tehran to make concrete proposals to guarantee the continuation of the nuclear pact and counter the return of US sanctions, are meeting Iranian leaders in the Austrian capital on Friday.

    The historic agreement of 2015 subjects Iran to strict control of nuclear activities aiming to prevent the country from accessing nuclear weapons. From Iran’s point view under the terms of the agreement, the US withdrawal would be compensated by the lifting of international sanctions, together with the prospect of fresh investment.

    The US withdrawal from being bound by the document, announced in May, was accompanied by significant threats of sanctions on all countries wishing to have economic trading relations with Iran.

    Having threatened, on several occasions, to resume its uranium enrichment programme, Iran is attempting to obtain forms of “economic compensation” from European countries, given the US withdrawal.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times