Austria, European states stand with Iran in supporting JCPOA
Tehran, Oct. 29, 2017(IRNA) – Austria's Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Linhart that his respective country and other European states would side with Iran by supporting its landmark nuclear deal with the world major powers in 2015.
'Austria and other European states by supporting Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are standing beside Iran,' Linhart said in a meeting on Sunday with Head of Iran's Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi.
He said that Austria gives great importance to development of ties with Iran as an important country in the region.
Linhart said that the Austrian government and its foreign ministry support expansion of parliamentary ties with Iran.
Meanwhile, Boroujerdi pointed to long history of Tehran-Vienna relations noting that the two capitals have started a new chapter of cooperation in different arena.
He said that development of parliamentary relations between the two counties' parliaments will play important role in development of mutual cooperation in other fields.
Boroujerdi criticized biased statement of the US President Donald Trump concerning JCPOA, and said that the deal is a collective agreement confirmed by the UN and nobody may cancel it unilaterally.
He added that in case of violation of JCPOA by the US, Iran will react appropriately to such unwise and unilateral move.
The Iranian MP said that Iran's missile program is a result of Iraq 8-year imposed war against the country and is only for defensive purposes.
'Although Iran is facing foreign threats like other world countries, but the Islamic Republic opposes producing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons upon its international commitment and a religious decree (Fatwa) by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei which banned manufacturing or possession of such weapons based on Islamic teachings.
He also said that Iran emphasized on maintaining Iraq and Syria territorial integrity and will spare no effort in this concern.
Boroujerdi also acknowledged about common intelligence cooperation between Iran and a number of European states with the aim of restoring security to the region and prevent spread of crisis to other regions.