At the Chatham House in London, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi gave a speech regarding Iran’s role in the Middle East and the controversial Iran deal. In a recent interview with the BBC, Araghchi discussed the deal’s future if the US decides to withdraw.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi Photo Credit: Screenshot from Twitter
On Thursday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi gave a speech at the Chatham House in London regarding Iran’s role in the Middle East and the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.
“If the same policy of confusion and uncertainties about the JCPOA [nuclear deal] continues, if companies and banks are not working with Iran, we cannot remain in a deal that has no benefit for us,” he explained. Araghchi then warned that if the nuclear deal collapses, the world will be thrown into a nuclear crisis.
Iran Nuclear Deal:
I don’t think the deal can survive in this way. If the policy of confusion continues, if companies are not working with Iran, we cannot remain in a deal in which there is no benefit for us, says Iran’s Deputy for Political Affairs, Abbas Araghchi #CHEvents pic.twitter.com/AOBxfugw5I
— Chatham House (@ChathamHouse) February 22, 2018
In a recent interview with the BBC, Araghchi stated that the “JCPOA is not an economic deal as one may think. It’s a very important deal in the field of non-proliferation regime and its importance is most related to non-proliferation.”
In light of Washington’s demand that the deal be amended, Araghchi claimed that he does not believe that the deal could be renegotiated. Araghchi stated, “Well we are not convinced that the deal can survive without the US. It is up to the other participants of the JCPOA to show and to convince Iranians that they can deliver JCPOA even, even without the US. This is not our understanding for the time being. If the US is out we would also actually go out because there is no deal anymore. This is what we understand, and as we see Europeans are trying to prevent that.”