Iran: Tehran's warning to Europeans


Iran does not want to receive lessons from Europe. On Sunday, June 9, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the EU countries were "badly placed to criticize Iran". On Monday, June 10, the head of German diplomacy, Heiko Maas, is expected in Tehran.

"Surely, Europeans are not in a good position to criticize Iran, even on issues that have nothing to do with" the Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna in 2015, Javad Zarif told Iranian reporters. "The policies of Europe in our region, the policies of the West in our region had no other result for the region, than to produce damage," he added, according to images of the exchange broadcast by the Iranian state television.

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Reduced nuclear program

"Some countries like Germany have stopped selling arms to Saudi Arabia (which it uses) to bomb the population in Yemen, but others continue," added Mohammad Javad Zarif, targeting without naming them France and Britain, before adding: "In general, the West has allowed autocratic regimes in the region to commit crimes. "

Germany is, along with China, France, Britain and Russia, one of the states still partners with Iran under the Vienna Agreement since the United States decided in May 2018 to withdraw unilaterally from this pact and to reimpose a battery of economic sanctions against Tehran.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Islamic Republic pledged never to seek the atomic bomb and agreed to drastically reduce its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some of the international economic sanctions that stifled its nuclear program. economy.

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To break free from the Vienna Agreement

In May, a year after the US withdrawal, Tehran threatened to gradually break out of the Vienna agreement unless its partners, especially European, help it bypass US sanctions. "The duty of the Europeans" is to help "that the situation of the economic relations of Iran is standardized," said Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Tehran has on Friday opposed a new end of receivability to the idea defended by French President Emmanuel Macron of a new agreement with Iran that would expand the Vienna Agreement including including elements that would limit the ballistic activity Tehran or its neighborhood policy, which Westerners consider "destabilizing".

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