Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani says the European Union needs to take an “effective measure” to thwart subversive US acts concerning the implementation of a nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and six global powers last July.
In a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran on Saturday, Shamkhani said the US has adopted an “inappropriate and unconstructive” approach in keeping to put sanctions against Iran and refusing to fulfill its obligations stipulated in the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“If this trend continues and the European Union does not take an effective measure to counter it, it will have a negative impact on the continuation of the path of cooperation and the fulfillment of bilateral obligations,” he added.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.
The JCPOA was signed on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks
Shamkhani also said Iran has played a leading role in fighting terrorist groups, including Daesh, operating in Syria and Iraq and is paying a considerable cost to improve security in the region.
“The long-term presence of Takfiri elements will lead to the spread of insecurity and instability at an international level,” he said, urging the EU to cooperate more in the fight against terrorism.
The SNSC secretary further said the Israeli regime’s “illegal possession of nukes and weapons of mass destruction poses a threat to regional security.”
Removal of financial restrictions, Iran’s right: Mogherini
The EU foreign policy chief, for her part, said Iran has the right to see the tangible outcomes of the implementation of the JCPOA, including the removal of financial restrictions.
She also added that Iran plays a key role in improving regional security and stability and said cooperation between Tehran and the 28-nation bloc can facilitate political solutions to regional crises.
Mogherini arrived in Tehran on Saturday at the head of a team of seven European commissioners. Earlier in the day, she held talks and attended a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.