‘Nuclear deal best option for the West,’ Iran Foreign Minister says

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo: Fars News Agency)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for the bound parties to remain committed to the nuclear accord with Iran.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the ‘nuclear deal’, was signed between Tehran and a global bloc consisting of the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany. The accord foresaw Iran limiting some of its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Federica Mogherini, the head of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in January that the bloc would stand by its nuclear accord with Iran but more recent remarks by US officials has left doubts regarding the future of the deal.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said Syria could no longer be a “safe haven for terrorists” and that it was important “we get Iran and their proxies out” while Centcom commander Army General Joseph L. Votel claimed that “Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East.

“Such remarks are ineffective and the Obama government imposed several economic sanctions against Iran, but the diplomatic outcome was contrary to what they expected to gain,” the foreign minister said. Zarif also said that the nuclear deal was the best option for western countries and that it needed proper implementation.