• Global geopolitical series: Iran unveils demands to stay in jcpoa

    Source: FxWire Pro - Commentary / 24 May 2018 01:54:05   America/New_York

    As the U.S. Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo revealed a list of demands that Iran would have to fulfill in order to make an agreement with the United States earlier this week, Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei has unveiled his own list of demands from European leaders if they are looking to continue with the nuclear agreement.

    Here is Mike Pompeo’s list of demands,

    • Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.
    • Iran must stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor.
    • Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.
    • Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.
    • Release all U.S. citizens, as well as citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges.
    • Must end support to the Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
    • Respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi Government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.
    • End its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.
    • Withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.
    • Must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior al-Qaida leaders.
    • Must end the IRG Quds Force’s support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.
    • Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors – many of whom are U.S. allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive – and destructive cyber attacks.

    And here is Khamenei’s list of demands (from Europe) to secure Iran’s participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA),

    • Over the course of 2 years, US violated JCPOA, several times, while the Europeans remained silent. These 3 European countries should prove that they won’t be as dishonest & untrustworthy as they were during nuclear talks in 2004-2005. Europe needs to compensate for it.
    • The US has violated Resolution 2231. Europe must issue a resolution against US’s violation.
    • Europe must guarantee it will not raise the issue of the Islamic Republic's missiles and regional affairs.
    • Europe must guarantee the total sale of Iran's oil. If US manages to impede our oil sale, we should be able to sell our desired amount of oil. Europeans should in a guaranteed manner compensate for it and buy Iran's oil.
    • European banks must guarantee business transactions with the Islamic Republic. We do not have any disputes with these three countries (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom); however, we do not trust them either because of their past actions.
    • Europe must confront imposition of any sanctions on the Islamic Republic and stand firmly against US's sanctions on Iran.

    After unveiling the demands, Khamenei tweeted, “If the Europeans hesitate in responding to our demands, Iran is entitled to resuming its nuclear activities. When we find out the #JCPOA has no benefits, one of our options is to resume canceled activities.”

    Since these demands are more or less covered in the JCPoA, the European are likely to agree to them. All have insisted so far that they remain critical of Washington’s unilateral decision to withdraw from the deal and remain fully committed to JCPoA.


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