Iranian Official Highlights Dutch Support for JCPOA

Iranian Official Highlights Dutch Support for JCPOA
Sun Oct 22, 2017 14:41:20

The Netherlands has adopted a policy opposite to that of the US toward the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a top Iranian official said, adding that a group of visiting Dutch lawmakers have leveled outspoken criticism at the US for lack of commitment to the nuclear deal.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran after a meeting with members of the Dutch parliamentary delegation, member of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said the Netherlands’ policy toward the JCPOA -the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany)- is totally different from that of the US.

The Dutch lawmakers voiced full support for the nuclear deal, and explicitly criticized the US for lack of commitment to the JCPOA, Velayati added.

He then noted that the European MPs were very eager to know about the investment opportunities in Iran, and also stressed the need for safeguarding the JCPOA.

In October 2016, Iran’s ambassador to Netherlands highlighted the importance of bilateral relations between the two countries, saying Tehran and Amsterdam plan to promote trade ties based on a well-defined roadmap.

Diplomatic and trade relations between Iran and European countries have improved greatly since the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (also known as E3+3) came into force in January 2016.

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