- Nuke Deal Needs More Concessions from EU: Iran Official
by Anadolu Agency, https://www.yenisafak.com/en/
Iranian deputy FM says Tehran, too, may withdraw from 2015 nuclear deal
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has said that the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the West required more concessions from Europe in order to remain intact, Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Friday.
IRNA cited remarks made by Araqchi in an interview with Euronews in which he said “the majority of the Iranian people don’t trust Europe; the Europeans must try harder to win this their trust”. “Many Iranians believe the US withdrawal from the [nuclear agreement] is just a game of ‘good cop-bad cop’, with Europe playing the role of the good cop,” Araqchi asserted.
He said Iran wanted to see the “full implementation” of the deal’s terms, which, he added, could not be achieved when one of the parties to the agreement was facing the threat of economic sanctions. “We don’t know how Europe plans to preserve the agreement while bypassing U.S. sanctions [on Iran],” the official said. “What concerns us is the continued presence of European firms in Iran, the sale of crude oil and the deposit of oil revenue in our bank accounts without hindrance,” he stressed. He added: “There must be a banking link between us and Europe. It is up to the Europeans to find a suitable channel.”
“Iran is running out of patience,” he went on. “There is a possibility that the country [Iran] could withdraw from the deal in coming weeks.” Araqchi also said that ongoing talks with the EU were unlikely to save the agreement in its current form. “We are still waiting — and hoping — that the European proposals will be enough to keep Iran in the deal,” he said.