US, EU forced Iran to pull out of JCPOA parts: Pak analyst

Islamabad, May 8, IRNA - A Pakistani analyst strongly believes that the US unilateral withdrawal from Joint comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and European states criminal silence on the issue has forced Iran to pull out from some parts of the unclear agreement.

In an interview with IRNA, Syed Qandil Abbas, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Qauid-e-Azam University noted that Iran has always honored its commitments regarding the JCPOA which the IAEA also confirmed in its reports.

Iranian Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) in a statement announced that Iran has stopped some of its commitments under the JCPOA as of May 8, 2019.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran is not withdrawing from the nuclear deal, rather it is reducing its commitments to the deal and that JCPOA needs surgery.

He said Iran will give a 60-day time to the states parties to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to remedy their breaches and restore Iran's interests enshrined by the international deal.

Syed Qandil Abbas said that Iran has never violated nuclear agreement, but the US unilaterally withdrew from the deal without following the legal procedures.

He added that the JCPOA only covers Iran nuclear program and it has nothing to do with Iran's missile program.

The expert said that according to the agreement no country can unilaterally withdraw from the deal as it needs to be a collective decision. 'The US took a one-sided decision without following legal procedures,' said the analyst.

Syed Qandil Abbas said that Iran has not been able to get any benefit from signing the deal and the country is still facing unjustified sanctions.

He said that the European states are equally responsible in compelling Iran to take such decision because they have not done anything to stop the US from pursuing aggressive approach towards.

Syed Qandil Abbas went on to say that the European states must seize the moment and save the JCPOA by putting some pressure on the US.

The analyst said that Iran will not remain in the agreement if the US and European signatories of the JCPOA keep on pursuing such one-sided approach towards the Islamic Republic.

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