Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized the European Union’s passive response to recent violations of the 2015 nuclear deal by the US, saying that instead of expecting Tehran to unilaterally abide by the accord, “EU should uphold obligations”, ONA reports citing Tasnim.
“EU statement today is why JCPOA is where it is: the US has bullied Europe—and rest of world—for a year and EU can only express ‘regret’,” Zarif said on his Twitter account on Thursday night.
“Instead of demanding that Iran unilaterally abide by a multilateral accord, EU should uphold obligations - incl normalization of economic ties,” he added in his tweet.
In a statement earlier on the day, the European parties to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) said they "regret the re-imposition of sanctions" by the US.
The EU also rejected a recent statement by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), urging the Islamic Republic to respect the JCPOA.