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German Foreign Minister: Iran must comply with the JCPOA

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, June 11, 2019 - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas took part in a press conference on Monday in Tehran with his counterpart from the Iranian regime. Following his talks with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Maas had strong remarks about Tehran’s future compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The position of the three European countries, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom is a united stance. We support the JCPOA, and of course, we cannot realize miracles,” Maas emphasized.

Germany’s top diplomat made it clear that the three European countries do not recognize the ultimatum issued by Iran on decreasing its commitments to the JCPOA.

“What we will never accept is the notion that a party can decrease their commitments based on the fact that another party has done so. This we will not accept,” he explained.

“I bring a message from regional countries emphasizing we do not seek escalating sanctions,” Maas added. “Currently there is a war in Syria and Yemen. There is no war here and we are placing all our efforts to prevent any war here. The existing regional tension is very dangerous and a chain mechanism may be triggered based on an incident. Everything will go out of control. That is why regional countries and others abroad, including Germany, must employ all their efforts to prevent such an outcome,” Maas concluded.

It is worth noting that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is known to be in control of Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S State Department recently designated the IRGC as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO).