Jun 11, 2019, 6:33 PM
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Europe's void promises, last shots in darkness

Tehran, June 11, IRNA - The European political leaders have so far expressed the most beautiful vocabularies in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) so far in the realm of language and mind, but no serious measure has been taken by them so far.

Before arriving in Tehran, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made remarks about the JCPOA and the fulfillment of the commitments of the European countries towards Iran, that none had been consistent with facts and developments in international affairs. In fact, the German Foreign Ministry's boss, having neglected Europe's continuing obligations and violating all the agreements with Iran, had urged Tehran to adhere to its commitments.

Decoding Maas-JCPOA related mission amid doubts

German Foreign Minister 's visit to Iran is the first by a high-level German official to thew country after the departure of the United States from the JCPOA last year. From this point of view, it must be said that he represents the European countries in talks with Tehran after Iran gave a two-month ultimatum to the EU.

Following announcement by President Hassan Rouhani that there was a reduction in pledges of Iran in the nuclear deal to the countries of Group 4+1 (Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany), which was a result of unfair sanctions and violation of international laws against Tehran by the US, European countries and even Washington followed the possibility of Tehran leaving the JCPOA by concern. As a result, it is possible to evaluate the mission of Maas in two basic dimensions

First, the German foreign minister was trying to convince Iran that it would continue to remain in the deal with soft rhetoric. In the same vein, we witness the German foreign minister in part of his remarks at a news conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that "three European countries are willing to continue and work to implement their commitments, but we cannot make miracles". These remarks by Maas demonstrates that he was trying to justify EU’s violation of its commitments and to convince Iranians that they can act on their responsibilities concerning the JCPOA not beyond the present amount and  there is no need for Tehran to take the opposite trend.

The second dimension of Maas’s mission can be assessed in connection with encouraging promises to Tehran in regard to the commitments of the European countries in the JCPOA and their efforts to launch the INSTEX financial system. In the same vein, INSTEX boss Fischer accompanied German Foreign Ministry delegation. In line with a commitment to implement the financial system, Maas announced in a press conference in Tehran, "We are trying to launch our INSTEX. In his remarks to justify the European policy that the reduction of the obligations of one party (i.e., the US) is no excuse for reducing the obligations of the other party (Iran).

In sum, the mission of the German foreign minister to Iran is a combination of repeated statements about the inability of Europe to fully confront the US sanctions and at the same time trying to persuade Tehran to neutralize some of the effects of sanctions on in the case of continuity of implementation of the JCPOA, of course, it is to be highly unlikely to make any result, because Tehran has consistently stated that the remaining countries must act and pay for the implementation of all their commitments in practice.

The achievements of Heiko Maas's trip to Tehran in a general analysis can be very little and even disappointing for Europe. The fact is that in the face of unwarranted pressure and unilateral US sanctions on Iran, which has led Iran to decrease its commitments in the JCPOA, we have witnessed the poor performance of Europeans in defending the nuclear deal and fulfilling their promises to Tehran.

According to the IAEA, Iran's low-enriched uranium production reached 12 kilograms in this month, three to four times more than in the previous months. This figure is closer to the JCPOA is approaching to time of death than ever before, but what seems to be certain is that Europe has no serious intention to maintain its commitment to the establishment of a financial market with Iran.

It is as if Europeans in the present era cannot rescue themselves from the several decades of the US domination, and despite the willingness to compete with the demands of the White House chairman, they will not dare to resist Donald Trump's avarice.

Also, the German Foreign Minister's remarks in Tehran cannot be evaluated in any way as new. Indeed, in the field of language and mind, European political leaders have expressed the most beautiful vocabularies in support of the JCPOA but in the field of objective equations, no serious action has been taken by the Europeans. Therefore, the promises of German Foreign Minister, like other European political leaders' statements, could be regarded as hollow promises, which Tehran will not regard as serious any way.


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