Jan 30, 2016, 10:29 PM
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Zarif: Time not ripe for talking on extent of JCPOA benefits

Tehran, Jan 30, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Saturday today is not the right time to discuss about the amount of Iran's success in signing the Joint comprehensive Plan of Action.

'Any agreement necessitates a series of gives and takes, unless one side will fully yield, which will be an agreement that will never last to be remembered in history,' said Zarif in a conference titled Iran's Opportunities in Post-JCPOA Era, attended by some members of political parties, occupational syndicates, religious minorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and media reporters.

Zarif said he believes in the whole and keeping in mind those gives and take, Iran did not lose, but those gives and takes are not finalized yet and it is now time for using the capabilities of our headquarters, not the time for repeating the intakes and outputs.

'Today conditions are provided to cash what we have managed to gain, which is to say, to use them,' he said.

Addressing the critics of the JCPOA, the foreign minister said: 'You believe we have gained 10 out of 100, but I might believe we have gained 80 out of 100 and yet someone else might argue that we have gained 95%, which are all alright.'

'If we will not use that 95% or whatever, we will enter the course of a dispute, and in that case we will gain nothing out of the JCPOA,' he added.

Zarif said that in that case all the energy of the Iranians will be spent in internal disputes and trying to defame each other.

'I feel ashamed to say that under such conditions that in an official visit of our country's president the French officials observe the highest possible ceremonial rituals while some friends who try to defame this government and pursue other objectives say how come the French foreign minister received him,' he added.

Addressing those critics, Zarif said: 'Look at the backgrounds and do not say that an unusual thing has happened. Search for when the Indian prime minister or the Russian president visited France. How were they received?'

Zarif also set example of the official reception ceremonies of heads of states in Iran which are held in Saadabad Place, not at the airport.

'Why do some people irrationally defame the Iranian nation's prestige and turn it into humiliation?' he asked.

He proposed looking at the emerged opportunities for Iran on the one hand and considering the situation in which Iran would have been put into if there were no nuclear negotiations, or if they had failed.

Zarif referred to the banking problems with which Iran was entangled, the problems for procuring medicine, which even if the Americans insisted that the medical items were not sanctioned, the banks were not opening letter of credit for importing them.

'The costs of dealing under those conditions for the Iranian nation were very high,' he added.

''The JCPOA led to the world's declaring that the Iranian nuclear program is legal and the IAEA to announce that it contains no hidden military aspect, which proves that Iran has not even produced one gram of non-peaceful nuclear materials,' he said.