Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

EU Signatories of Nuclear Deal Are Deceiving Tehran

EU Signatories of Nuclear Deal Are Deceiving Tehran

"Disarmament is something that concerns us all, and we would of course be glad if such negotiations were conducted not just between the United States ... and Russian Federation, but also with China", she said.

"INSTEX falls short of commitments by the E3 to save the nuclear deal", Zarif said at the conference.

His remark comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on Sunday that Tehran couldn't act as the only side that's trying to preserve the accord, therefore, Europe needed "to get wet if it wants to swim against the risky tide of USA unilateralism".

Pence - who last week accused Britain, Germany and France of undermining U.S. sanctions on Iran - repeated his demand for European powers to withdraw from the deal.

Pence's remarks at a Warsaw peace conference highlighted the differences between Washington and Brussels over the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, from which the U.S. under President Donald Trump withdrew previous year.

These three countries this month set up the Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges, a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to avoid United States sanctions.

Iran on Saturday rejected accusations of antisemitism by U.S. vice-president Mike Pence, who, after visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, accused Iran of Nazi-like ambitions.

Pence told senior European and Asian government officials to follow the United States's lead and withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

He warned that the future of the nuclear deal was "on the brink", saying that while polls showed 51 percent of Iranians still supported staying in, there were many who thought Tehran had got a bad deal.

Those working to preserve the agreement have been trying to walk a fine line between mollifying Iran without angering Washington.

The Warsaw meeting was attended by more than 60 nations, but major European powers Germany and France, who are members of the 2015 nuclear accord, refused to send their top diplomats.

But the United States argues that the deal just postpones the time when Iran might be able to build a nuclear bomb.

Iranian FM arrived in Germany on Friday to take part in the 55th Munich Security Conference.

The top Iranian diplomat also held talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas which revolved around Tehran-Berlin ties, the JCPOA, implementation of the INSTEX, and major regional and worldwide developments, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

"Today I have seen a different Javad Zarif being very aggressive, hitting back at US Vice President Pence saying that American fixation with Iran is pathologic".

"But what was really fascinating was he was bookmarked between German chancellor Angela Merkel and former vice president Joe Biden, both of whom talked about the importance of multilateralism and the importance of strong alliances".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attends the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 16, 2019.

His comments at the Munich Security Conference here come one day after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence used the same stage to urge Europe to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

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