RNA - “It has become crystal clear to the Iranian people that [US President Donald] Trump holds grudge against Iran. The US behavior lacks any sense and its efforts to cut Iran’s oil export to zero has been futile,” said Larijani on Monday in a meeting with visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi in Tehran.
Larijani praised Oman’s role in creating peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region, saying that regional countries need to sit down for talks to resolve their issues through dialogue.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he pointed to the situation in Yemen, saying Yemen’s issue has many hidden layers and urging immediate ceasefire in the war.
“The other side should know that problems can’t be solved through using force, especially because the issue of Yemen has many hidden layers and first there must be a ceasefire and then we’ll move towards other issues,” he noted.
For his part, the Omani FM said that regional countries need to seize the opportunity to bring peace as Iran is a base for peace that has invited countries to calm and Iran’s Hormuz Peace Endeavor shows how sincere the country is in this regard.
Also on Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that the deteriorating situation of the nuclear deal of 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the direct result of the US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, adding that Tehran’s measures are intended to save the moribund agreement.
"The current situation is a result of the US' unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and the only solution is the lifting of sanctions and return to diplomacy," Araqchi said, speaking at a special panel of the 1st Tokyo Global Dialogue Summit in the Japanese capital.
According to Fars News Agency, the deputy foreign minister defended Iran’s move to scale back its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal in the face of the US pullout, saying Iran is not the one to blame for these commitment cuts.
"Despite the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and the fact that Iran's interests were not met by implementing the deal, Iran remained in the JCPOA for a year before starting its commitment cuts, upon the request of other parties who insisted they would compensate for the US withdrawal," the senior diplomat noted.
"However, the European countries failed to fulfill their commitments," Araqchi added.
"No one should question Iran for reducing its commitments under the JCPOA," he stressed, saying the measures are aimed at saving the accord.