UK seizure of Iranian oil tanker violation of JCPOA: Araghchi

UK seizure of Iranian oil tanker violation of JCPOA: Araghchi

 “Detaining of Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1, by UK in Gibraltar was a violation of JCPOA since none of the deal’s members can impede Iran from exporting its oil,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said before today’s extraordinary meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna, Mehr news agency reports.

"During the past month, various changes have happened regarding JCPOA, which made it vital to hold a joint commission meeting," he said.

Araghchi noted that when Iran started to scale down its JCPOA commitments, the US wanted to refer the case to the UN Board of Governors, but Europeans wanted to discuss the issue in a joint commission since they believe it is related to JCPOA mechanism.

“There are some other issues that we consider as violation of JCPOA or lack of commitment of JCPOA-members,” he said, “We and Europeans both wanted today’s meeting to be held.”

Underlining that in today’s meeting, the sides will negotiate on each other’s protests, the Iranian official said that “in the previous meeting we decided to hold JCPOA foreign ministers meeting and the issue is still on agenda and we hope that we can reach clear results in this regard.”

He also informed that as before, Iran will have, mutual, trilateral, and multilateral meetings with JCPOA member countries on the sidelines of the extraordinary JCPOA meeting.