Iran warns EU of ominous consequences if JCPOA breaks-down

Iran’s nuclear chief warned the ‘soon-to-be’ 27-member bloc of ominous consequences, if they do not follow through with their 2015 nuclear agreement commitments which includes economic benefits. During a joint press conference with European Energy Commissioner Mighel Arias Canete, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Director, Ali Akbar Salehi asserted that unless the P4+1, which includes Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany, do not follow through on their expressed efforts to safeguard the financial benefits of the deal, unpredictable events would follow. According to Ali Akbar Salehi, “I also hope that these words that have been expressed or the political positions that have been expressed by the European Union, China and Russia, as well, turn into deeds. (If these) words (are) not turned into deeds, then again, I cannot really foresee any… I think it is very ominous. The situation would be unpredictable as to what’s going to happen.” The EU hosted the head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, at a seminar on nuclear cooperation aimed at showing its continued support for the deal after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resumed this month. Nevertheless, EU efforts to salvage trade relations with Tehran, including by establishing a special mechanism for non-dollar transactions, have been floundering. That said, Salehi voiced cautions optimism, hailing the EU for “doing its best” and underlined his expectation for Brussel’s to deliver on its promises.