The anniversary of the signing of the JCPOA is a “reminder” that the US’s “lawless behaviour should not be the yardstick by which international norms are measured,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has tweeted.
Today is 5th anniv. of the #JCPOA—last decade’s greatest diplomatic achievement—and reminder that US lawless behavior should not be the yardstick by which int'l norms are measured.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 14, 2020
US contempt for law & diplomacy places it in global disrepute & threatens global—and US—security. pic.twitter.com/m2KoTHwhj4
The tweet was accompanied by screenshots of the news headlines of the Trump administration’s withdrawal from a series of agreements and international organisations over the years, ranging from the Paris Agreement on climate change to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, and the Iran nuclear deal, as well as US membership in the World Health Organisation.
“US contempt for law and diplomacy places it in global disrepute and threatens global – and US – security,” Zarif suggested.
Zarif’s tweet’s followed remarks by European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Tuesday pledging that Brussels would “do everything possible” to try to save the nuclear deal, and praising it as a “historic multilateral achievement for global nuclear non-proliferation”.
Landmark Nonproliferation Deal
The JCPOA was signed by Iran, the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union, on 14 July 2015, and later endorsed by the UN Security Council, which promised sanctions relief, including the lifting of the UN arms embargo against Tehran in five years’ time.
The Trump administration pulled out of the agreement in May 2018 following successful lobbying from Israel, and reintroduced tough sanctions against Iran. Iran has since accused the JCPOA’s European signatories of failing to do enough to allow the Islamic Republic to bypass US sanctions, and in May 2019 began stepping back from some of its voluntary commitments under the agreement.
Earlier this year, the US began making a push to extend the arms embargo past its October deadline, prompting Iran to accuse Washington of trying to “bully” others into violating the JCPOA.
The US isn't merely violating JCPOA and bullying others to do so, too. It also has dishonor of being first in UN history to punish law-abiding countries for NOT violating a Security Council res.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 29, 2020
I will present Iran's case to the Council @ abt noon ET, Tues.
For the purposes of extending the embargo, the US has made the legal case that it effectively remains a party to the nuclear deal. Zarif has criticised Washington over its logic on the issue, quipping that it was “not unexpected of those advising people to drink or inject disinfectants to fight the coronavirus to come forward and say they are still a party to the agreement after officially leaving it.”
Other Security Council members, including Russia, China, and even US allies France and Germany, have hinted that they would not support the US’s bid to extend the arms embargo.