Iranian FM: US Fully Fails in Verification Test of Commitment
“If you remember, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) said in March 2015 that we consider it (the nuclear deal) as a test for the other sides and if they show in this test that they are willing to reach a solution, (then) we are ready to enter other fields too,” Zarif said on Wednesday.
“The American side, in particular, has been fully unsuccessful in this test so far,” he added.
In relevant remarks in April, Zarif blasted his US counterpart Rex Tillerson for his remarks against Iran, and called on Washington to fully act upon its undertakings based on the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
“The worn-out allegations by the US cannot cover the country’s admission of Iran’s implementation of its nuclear deal undertakings,” Zarif said.
“The US is required to change its path and act upon its undertakings,” he added.
The Trump administration said last month it was launching an inter-agency review of whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran was in the United States’ national security interests, while acknowledging that Tehran was complying with the nuclear deal.
In a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, Tillerson said Iran remained compliant with the 2015 deal.
Under the deal, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran’s compliance under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
It was the first such notification under U.S. President Donald Trump.