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Lawmaker says Iran will return to JCPOA obligations only if US returns

Tehran, September 7, 2021 (ICANA) – Chairman of Iran-Austria parliamentary friendship group Ahmad Naderi said Iran is ready to return to its commitments under the JCPOA if the United States fulfills its obligations.

Naderi made the remarks addressing a meeting with chairman of Iran-Austria parliamentary friendship group Wolfgang Gerstl which was held on the sidelines of the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Vienna

Despite the fact that the United States has pulled out of the JCPOA, we are still in JCPOA and we have complied with our obligations, he said.

Referring to Iran's role in preventing the migration of Afghans to Europe, he said: "Iran is working hard to prevent the transit of narcotics to Europe."

Transferring 20 Austrian nationals through Mashhad and the issuance of passports to some of them who were trapped in Herat was one example of Iran’s cooperation.

Referring to developments in Afghanistan, Naderi said 20-year US occupation have destabilized Afghanistan, and we have witnessed widespread human rights abuses there, which in turn has created a crisis in that country.

The occupation of Afghanistan began in 2001 under the pretext of religious extremism in the country, which after 20 years not only did not decrease but also increased, and in fact foreign interference caused a serious crisis in Afghanistan.

Iran supported more than 3 million Afghan refugees and now they use various subsidies in our country, especially in the field of education.

Iran was in a difficult situation due to the US sanctions, especially during the coronavirus outbreak, he reiterated.

Elsewhere in his remarks Nader appreciated Austria for donating one million dose of COVID19 vaccine.

He expressed regret over decreasing Iran-Austria economic relations level due to US sanctions.

Meanwhile, Wolfgang Gerstl stressed developing trade ties with Iran.

Despite the fact that we agree to increase relations with Iran but due to US influence in Europe after the withdrawal from JCPOA, our efforts to establish financial transactions through INSTEX were not successful.

He referred to his trip to Iran and visiting Natanz nuclear facilities, saying Iran has complied with its commitments.

Iran is on the list of the most critical countries with regard to COVID19 pandemic, but fortunately, with the production of domestic vaccines, it was able to prevent the crisis.

We are ready to send more than one million doses of vaccines to Iran, he reiterated.






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