Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi (Reuters)

By Adel Al-Salmi

March 27, 2018

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said that the international community would “pay the price of any flaw in the nuclear agreement,” adding that attempts by the United States and its allies to contain Iran’s regional role were “false hopes.”

“The JCPOA is a security agreement and is directly involved with the regional and international security. In case of any setbacks in the nuclear deal, the consequences will be severe for the entire international community,” Araghchi said in an interview with ISNA on Monday.

The US president agreed to extend the nuclear sanctions on Iran in January for the last time, after he refused to ratify them for the first time in mid-October, and called for amending the gaps in the nuclear deal. The US Treasury then tightened sanctions on the Revolutionary Guard, which is responsible for developing the ballistic missile program.

“All the US plans to contain Iran’s regional role have failed,” Araghchi said.

“For over a year, Trump has been trying to destroy the JCPOA or make some changes in it in order to what he calls ‘fixing’ it, but he has been unable to achieve any results,” he added.

The deputy foreign minister went on to say: “We are definitely well-prepared to respond quickly to any decision made by Trump or others. We will fully defend the interests of the Iranian people.”

Araghchi’s remarks came after the spokesman for the Committee on Foreign Policy and National Security in the Iranian parliament, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, called on the Iranian Foreign Ministry to take “more revolutionary and influential” positions, warning the diplomatic corps against making concessions to the US administration, in reference to the ongoing US-European consultations on the stance towards the nuclear agreement.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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