Zarif also tied Trump’s use of the term Arabian Gulf to Saudi Arabia and other neighboring Arab states, saying that the US president did it to please these states, referring to their status as major purchasers of US weapons.
In reaction to European officials’ remarks about the US president’s speech, Zarif said, “The reaction of Mrs. Mogherini and European countries to the remarks of Trump is not limited to the JCPOA, but they are concerned about the [broader] behavior of the Trump government. [US] failure to comply with international obligations can create problems for the international order.” Zarif added, “This is a positive point for us because, previously, every time the US government decided to impose sanctions on us, Europe supported them, but today, the Europeans have stood against the US.”
He added: “We will see in the coming months to what extent Europe will resist the excessive US [demands], and this will demonstrate whether the JCPOA will continue [to remain in place] and whether Europe can play a role on the international stage.”
Meanwhile, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, warned the United States, saying, “If the JCPOA is scrapped, we will stop implementing the Additional Protocol, because we are implementing it voluntarily and it hasn’t been ratified by parliament.”
He stated, “We are committed to the inspections [by the International Atomic Energy Agency] under the JCPOA, and we are pursuing these commitments within this framework, but we won’t fulfill any other demand outside this framework.”