EU3’s Resort to Snapback Mechanism Unlawful: Iranian MP
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker said no legal basis existed for Britain, France and Germany to trigger the so-called snapback provisions of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
In an interview with Tasnim, spokesman for the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said the decision from the three European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to trigger the dispute mechanism in the nuclear deal has no basis either on legal grounds or with regard to the provisions of the JCPOA itself.
Considering that Iran had fully honored its commitments under the nuclear deal, the three European parties’ decision to trigger the snapback mechanism is a “clear violation” and a testimony to their obedience to the US government, the lawmaker deplored.
The EU3 appears to be unfamiliar with the fundamentals of the international law and commitments, he said, calling on Iranian diplomatic authorities to protect the Iranian nation’s rights vigorously.
In comments on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the move by France, Britain and Germany to trigger the dispute mechanism is legally baseless and politically wrong.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA.
Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.
The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal.
Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.