Iran's foreign ministry: U.S. violating nuclear deal

JCPOA Benefits Underlined

JCPOA Benefits Underlined

Marking two years since signing the nuclear deal with the Western powers, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the United States following claims made by USA senators that Iran is not upholding its end of the agreement.

"We know those who attacked the World Trade Center were citizens of which countries in the region - I can tell you none of them came from Iran. The same can not be said about the US", Zarif claimed.

"The IAEA has verified, I believe, seven times now since the implementation date that Iran has implemented the deal faithfully, fully and completely", the top Iranian diplomat said.

The FM added that "none of the people who engaged in acts of terrorism since 2001 came from Iran", pointing out that "most of them came from U.S. allies." .

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.

"Unfortunately, we can not make the same statement about the United States".

Zarif made the comments in reply to a question on anti-Iran remarks by Donald Trump during his May visit to Saudi Arabia as his first foreign trip as president.

At the same time, the USA retains sanctions against Iran on the missile program, human rights and on suspicion that Tehran sponsors terrorism.

Delivering a scathing rebuke of Tehran in his speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit on May 21, Trump noted "until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran".

The US accuses Tehran of supporting various Shia militant groups in the Middle East and North Africa - including Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen. The CNN interview focused on the "endgame" in Syria, which Zarif believes must come with a ceasefire, without preconditions and Syrians deciding for themselves who they want as a president.

"Trump used his presence in the G20 meeting in Hamburg in order to dissuade leaders from other counties to engage in business with Iran, that is a violation of not the spirit but the letter of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], of the nuclear deal", Zarif said.

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