Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries was the victory of diplomacy over force.
Addressing a joint press conference with Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday, Zarif said the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was also the victory of rights over baseless claims.
Adding that Iran and Brazil are two developing countries, which have made great attempts in such areas as peaceful nuclear energy, Zarif said Brazil has played a “very active” role regarding the Iranian nuclear issue.
On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – finalized the text of the JCPOA in the Austrian capital Vienna. Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian foreign minister said Tehran and Brasilia have lots of commonalities, adding that Iran and Brazil are working to expand cooperation in various fields.
“Grounds are prepared for boosting bilateral ties given commonalities between the two countries,” Zarif stated, adding that the two sides intend to exchange trade and economic delegations.
The Brazilian foreign minister, for his part, said Brazil and Iran established their diplomatic relations more than a century ago and are “very good” partners.
“We have had very important bilateral relations ever since their establishment and we came here with a very specific goal to enhance and deepen our bilateral relations and to bring them to even higher levels,” Vieira added.
He expressed his country’s willingness to improve cooperation with Iran through exchange of visits between the two countries’ ministers.
“The exchange of high-level ministerial visits is a very clear evidence of the importance that the two countries attach to each other and to the bilateral relations,” the Brazilian minister noted.
He praised the Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group as “historic and landmark,” emphasizing that JCPOA represents the victory of diplomacy and political dialog.
No justification for JCPOA violation
In response to a question about a future decision that the US Congress and Senate are to make on JCPOA, Zarif said there is no justification for the violation of the agreement.
“We had announced since the very beginning that we hold the government of the Unites States of America responsible for the implementation of JCPOA and any move by [US] Congress in contradiction to JCPOA should be stopped by US government. Otherwise, it will be a breach of JCPOA,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
Zionists and certain warmongering groups in the US have been against any agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group, the Iranian foreign minister stated, adding that they have failed to reach their objective of blocking an agreement.
The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the next US administrations are also duty-bound to implement the Vienna agreement.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister said Tehran is ready to take part in all international efforts to fight terrorism in the region, calling for the international community to play a more effective role in this regard.
Zarif said double-standard policies have unfortunately barred the international community from playing its part in tackling the issue of terrorism.
The Brazilian minister also said his country has always supported measures taken to fight terrorism, adding that military approaches would fail to solve regional crises.
He added that Brazil believes diplomacy is the key to a resolution of regional problems.