Pakistan ex-official calls on all states to honor JCPOA

Islamabad, May 11, IRNA -- Former Pakistani envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency says the Joint Compressive Plan of Action (JCPOA) must be immediately activated to bring into action those aspects of the agreement which are necessary for Iran.

In an interview with IRNA, Ali Sarwar Naqvi, also Executive Director of the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) said Iran wants removal of sanctions under the nuclear deal.

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 has 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.

Ali Sarwar Naqvi said: “Now the Iranian government feels very unhappy with the attitude of the US and European countries,” he said.

The expert said Iran cannot continue to maintain its commitment to the JCPOA only for the European countries.

“So it has given notice that unless some corrective action is taken soon Iran will not stick to its commitments on the JCPOA, which means that they go for the enrichment of uranium,” said former IAEA envoy.

He noted that if that happens there can be all kinds of consequences and one can be that Iran might embark on a military program. “If it happens it will upset the strategic balance in the region and that would be very dangerous for the peace and stability of all of the west Asia and even Middle East,” the analyst pointed out.

Ali Sarwar Naqvi said the JCPOA must be immaturely activated to bring into action those aspects which are necessary for Iran which means removal of sanctions and opening up the European market to the Iranian oil and allowing Iran to have access to banking channel.

“So these things require urgent surgery,” former diplomat said.

He said that Iran cannot continue with the same position indefinitely so they have given a timeline to European signatories of the JCPOA to address the concerns of Iran.

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