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Iran says will continue reducing commitments under JCPOA

Abbas Araghchi, political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, speaks to the media after the meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on July 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by AFP)

Homa Lezgee

Press TV, Vienna

Iran says it will continue scaling back its commitments under the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, until its demands are met.

Speaking after a Joint Commission session with the remaining signatories of the deal, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said expert meetings were planned to help Iran benefit from the deal following the withdrawal of the US and the reimposition of sanctions.

The Europeans have introduced a financial mechanism known as INSTEX which is still not functioning. Araghchi said the sides were now going to discuss other practical solutions in the areas of trade, energy and investment.

Araghchi said Britain’s seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gribaltar was also discussed.

The head of China’s delegation spoke against the extraterritorial application of US sanctions on Iran.

Fu Cong added that China was calling on Europe to expand the INSTEX mechanism and open it up to third countries.

The sides said they were preparing for an upcoming ministerial meeting soon.

Araghchi said there are still serious problems that need to be resolved. Although he could also say that there was also a lot of commitment to the JCPOA and its survival.

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