Jan 28, 2019, 7:28 PM
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Sanctions conflicting with implementation of SPV by Europe: Qasemi

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA - Iran's foreign ministry has emphasized that possible sanctions are conflicting with the implementation of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) by Europe.

At his news conference on Monday and in response to a question whether it is possible that Europe could impose new sanctions on Iran after the implementation of SPV and Iran’s subsequent reaction, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi elaborated, “I do not prejudge what will happen, for example, in the next few months, or whether Europe will sanction Iran and what would be Iran’s reaction.'

He said that the SPV is a mechanism to counter the US sanctions against Iran and that Europe would give America a privilege to maintain this mechanism, or if it wants to impose sanctions against the Iranian people at the same time, are in conflict which each other.”

'We are monitoring the actions of the countries participating in the Warsaw anti-Iran summit. Europe can either be with the United States or if it is willing to remain in JCPOA and, through a specific mechanism, pursue a part of its cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The SPV must not be in line with the hostile behaviors of the United States and its withdrawal from the JCPOA and the reimposition of sanctions,' Qasemi said.

In response to another question about west's double-standards on defensive issues in the Middle East and the failure of Europeans to comment on the missile site launched by Saudi Arabia, Qasemi stated, “There is no doubt that Western behavior towards Iran follows a double-standard, and we are still witnessing these kinds of unfair and unconventional behaviors.”

He underlined, 'I cannot speak about the Saudi missile site, but I can definitely say that it is better for European countries to look at other countries in the region and beyond, instead of focusing on a clear and transparent issue, and see what the reaction of certain countries to increasing of the power and the destructive weapons is.

'We are witnessing the clear example of such behavior in the region where a country has been faced with a humanitarian catastrophe over a number of years due to another country's aggression,' the spokesman said.

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