Sep 26, 2018, 10:01 PM
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Sweden FM defends JCPOA

Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA – Sweden's foreign minister on Wednesday defended the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and world powers in 2015.

In a direct response to US President Donald Trump, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said 'patriotism' isn't the solution to Tehran's nuclear program.

She said that her country will be standing by the European Union's support for the Iran nuclear deal that Trump has abandoned.

Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that 'America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.'

Speaking ahead of that meeting, Wallstrom asked hypothetically, 'What's the alternative to the Iran deal?'

In her words, 'We have tried sanctions over the years. We tried isolation, and it only gave the most conservative forces in Iran more power,' she said.

Wallstrom said the EU is working on how to set up a financial facility that will help companies do business with Iran following the US imposition of sanctions.

The US president mounted pressure on Iran and on May 8 announced that Washington would withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal and re-impose nuclear-related sanctions on the country.

This is while most world powers, including Russia, China, and the European Union, have repeatedly stressed that keeping the deal is in the interest of the world peace and security.

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