Natanz Uranium Enrichment Complex, Iran
Natanz Uranium Enrichment Complex, Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged European countries that are participants of the nuclear deal to refrain from using threats or pressure in any negotiations with the country.

On Wednesday, Rouhani received Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney amid diplomatic attempts to restore the Iranian nuclear deal, also formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The best way to resolve problems with European partners at various bilateral, regional and international levels is negotiation based on mutual respect and the avoidance of any threat or pressure,” Rouhani said at the meeting, according to the Iranian Presidency’s press release.

Rouhani emphasized the country’s commitment to abiding by the terms of the deal and condemned the “inaction” of its European partners.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to the deal and its preservation and is the only party that has paid for it, but this cannot continue this way, and full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by all members is essential for maintaining and reviving the JCPOA,” he said.

Rouhani also reiterated a point of view that the first step should be on the part of the US, which consists in lifting the sanctions imposed by the previous administration in 2018.

“The activation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as a multilateral international agreement, is subject to the lift of sanctions by the United States and the full observance of commitments by all members,” Rouhani said.

On Thursday, the three European nuclear deal parties scrapped a draft resolution at the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency that condemned Iran’s decision to restrict some nuclear inspections, which came into force on February 23