Speaking at an open session of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said he was waiting for Europe’s decisions on the nuclear deal. However, he also noted that time is running out as Tehran expects Europe to make a decision “explicitly and swiftly.”
“If Europe is able to preserve the nuclear agreement, it must declare its position sooner and more clearly, otherwise the Islamic Republic will make new moves both in the nuclear field and in other issues,” Larijani warned at a session of parliament.
Larijani also harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of trying to persuade EU nations to abandon the agreement after US President Donald Trump announced that Washington would abandon the treaty.
“The next issue is the pilgrimage of the filthy Prime Minister of the Zionist regime across Europe, trying to get Europe to follow the United States by abandoning the nuclear deal,” Larijani was quoted as saying in the Tehran Times newspaper.
The Iranian, in reciprocal terms, reiterated Iran’s criticism of Trump for abandoning the international treaty.
“[Trump communicates] so ineptly that he seems to have confused the political arena with the bargaining of the vegetable market. How can he expect someone to pay attention to his gossip by disregarding ethical and professional commitments to easily violate the nuclear agreement reached after several years of negotiations? The world of politics is a place for logical relations and calculations, not for gross political behavior,” he said.
In the last day, PressTV reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote an open letter to his peers in several countries, urging European nations to face what he called “law-breaking behavior, intimidation and disrespect for government.”
Earlier this month, European Commission foreign policy director Federica Mogherini said the EU was determined to save the nuclear deal, despite the US decision to withdraw.