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SNSC sec.: US decision to maintain sanctions unconstructive, undesirable

IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 16, IRNA — Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that the US approach to continuation of sanctions and impeding implementation of JCPOA is undesirable and unconstructive.

He made the remarks in a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini here on Saturday afternoon.

If such a process continues and if EU fails to confront it, this will have negative affects on continuation of cooperation and implementation of reciprocal commitments, Shamkhani said.

Recalling the EU’s pivotal role in the signing of Joint Comprehensive Plan of action (JCPOA), Shamkhani underlined necessity of maintaining the achievement and supervising and controlling the correct implementation of the deal through EU cooperation and active role of the joint commission.

Shamkhani referring to Iran’s key role in confronting ISIL and terrorists groups in Syria and Iraq and hefty expenses borne by Iran in providing security for the region said that long term presence of Takfiri elements would spread insecurity and instability at global level. He said stopping suc a process needs closer cooperation of EU in the fight against terrorism.

Imposing sanctions against a number of Iranian officials under false pretexts of human rights abuses runs counter to the the new atmosphere of relations between Iran and the EU and will lead to lack of confidence.

Shamkhani added that mistreating, rejecting and returning refugees, who have escaped from danger of terrorists by European countries, are contrary to the spirit of human rights.

He pointed out that a big part of crises in Syria, Iraq and Libya was due to the supply of weapons and support of European states for opposition and armed groups in those countries and now they should accept responsibility for the consequences of their policies.

Shamkhani reminded that the Zionist regime in spite of numerous condemnations by international fora is going ahead with its settlement construction and massacring Palestinians and its illegal nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction has threatened the security of the region.

He underlined the need for the EU to take a realistic approach towards the Syrian people’s will and demands and said that recent parliamentary election in Syria demonstrated the fulfillment of democracy and political participation of different groups of people in determining the fate of their country.

For her part, Mogherini praised Tehran’s efforts for implementation of JCPOA and said that achieving the real outcomes of the deal including elimination of all financial sanctions is the right of the Iranian people.

She added that all sides should take steps in direction of strengthening JCPOA.

Considering Iran’s important role in maintaining security and stability of the region, cooperation between Iran and EU can facilitate settlement of crises through diplomatic means, Mogherini added.

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