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Despite JCPOA Hostilities against Iran Continue

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Iran’s foreign minister says the nuclear deal reached last year with the P5+1 group of world powers does not guarantee an end to all hostilities against the Islamic Republic.

“This agreement does not mean that the enmities of the other side have come to an end because they always view the Islamic Republic of Iran as an obstacle in their way,” said Zarif.

"This also doesn't mean the other side has abandoned its sabotage," the foreign minister added.

Since the nuclear agreement, the US and its allies have directed their focus on Iran's missile program, with Iranian officials saying the West was trying to sabotage it.

Zarif stressed that Iran’s missile program was not on the agenda of the nuclear negotiations.

He said Iran's adversaries have always regarded the Islamic Revolution as an impediment to their goals and adopted a policy of pressuring the country.

Through the nuclear agreement, "we managed to take away the excuses and remove the obstacles in the way of the nation but this doesn’t mean an end to excuses and attempts to exert pressure" on Iran, he added.

Zarif said, "Since the conclusion of nuclear negotiations, we have been pursuing the rights of the Iranian nation."

The minister said Iran’s oil sales currently stand at more than 2 million barrels per day, compared to between 850,000 and 900,000 barrels recorded three years ago.

Zarif said some USD 3.6 billion of foreign investment has also been made in the country since the JCPOA went into force.

He also said the US must do more to encourage banks into doing business with the Islamic Republic following the lifting of sanctions.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran had yet to feel gains from a July nuclear agreement with the West and other parties.

"I believe the United States on paper has removed all the sanctions," Zarif said.

"On the banks, I believe it is important for everybody to realize that an agreement will be sustainable if everybody feels they are making gains from the agreement,” Zarif said.

“Its implementation must also be a win-win implementation so that everybody feels there are benefits, there are dividends" Zarif added.

Mohammad Javad Zarif also said the fight against extremism and terrorism requires a common global strategy.

“All must understand that terrorism is an international problem and needs an international solution,” Zarif said.

He added that using terrorism as a tool or an end would be detrimental to all countries.

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that terrorism and extremism cannot be eliminated only through military, political, or economic means; rather a cultural and ideological approach is also needed.

Zarif added that such an approach must determine the reasons behind the attraction of some people toward extremism.

*Photo Credit: Press TV

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