INTERNATIONAL

Europe’s political will on Iran deal should be accompanied by practical steps: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Europe had not yet shown it was willing to “pay the price” of defying Washington in order to save the nuclear deal.

Mr. Zarif said European governments had put forward proposals to maintain oil and banking ties with Iran after the second phase of U.S. sanctions return in November.

But he told Iran’s Young Journalist Club website that these measures were more “a statement of their position than practical measures”.

‘Pay the price’

“Although they have moved forward, we believe that Europe is not yet ready to pay the price (of truly defying the U.S.),” said Mr. Zarif.

“Iran can respond to Europe’s political will when it is accompanied by practical measures,” said Mr. Zarif.

“Europeans say the JCPOA (nuclear deal) is a security achievement for them. Naturally each country must invest and pay the price for its security. We must see them paying this price in the coming months,” he said.