Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. (REUTERS)

May 21, 2018

An Iranian MP said that the Islamic Republic Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the nuclear deal as a “dying patient,” after US President decided to withdraw from it.

Mohamed Rida Radai Kotchi who heads the parliamentary reconstruction committee said to Mehr News Agency that “Zarif confirmed in a closed session that this Deal is in the intensive care and going through a very tough situation.”

He added that the session was held in the parliament and attended by Parliament Speaker, Supreme National Security Council Secretary, Chief negotiator, to discuss Iran’s accession to the Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing Treaty.

The MP noted that ratifying the treaty will hurt Iran because the “West might classify Iranian backed groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations.

Kotchi quoted Zarif as saying that the treaty would not affect Iran’s support for its allied groups.

Regarding the agreement, Zarif was quoted as saying that the agreement is dying in light of the lack of clarity of the Europeans during the talks.”

“We do not know how much the Europeans will resist America’s sanctions because the shareholders of European companies are Americans” Zarif said.

According to the Iranian MP that “the Europeans companies might not follow the policies of their governments.”

Al Arabiya 

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