8th of May 2020 marks the second anniversary of the US illegal withdrawal from a multilateral nuclear deal known as the JCPOA. The US regime has had a dark and unreliable track record in non-compliance toward bilateral as well as multilateral deals and treaties. The JCPOA has been one of the main victims of this illegal and irresponsible approach.
This regime has well indicated that it has no faith and belief in the rule of law and multilateral mechanisms in the international community. This approach has well been crystallized in the so-called “First America” slogan as an obvious attitude. Within only the last 3 years, there has been a long list of different international and multilateral treaties from which the US regime has pulled out unilaterally and illegally without paying minimum attention to the will of the international community. The recent US decision to defund WHO while the world community is facing the global pandemic of COVID 19, as a real threat to the survival of human beings, is among the last measures taken by this regime to demonstrate its total disregard for rational and cooperative interactions within the global system. The Islamic Republic of Iran has always warned that having no appropriate reaction to this bullying policy is a dangerous trend, leading to increasingly reckless anarchy in the international community.
Over the past two years, despite the illegal withdrawal of the United States from JCPOA and the re-imposition of the most severe illegal and inhumane sanctions against the Iranian nation,- the toughest sanctions ever imposed against any single nation in the history of international relations according to US officials’ acknowledgment – the Islamic Republic of Iran has continued to comply with its commitments and act in accordance with provisions of JCPOA and resolution 2231. Despite the lack of enjoying legitimate interests arising from the fulfillment of its obligations within the JCPOA, Iran has adopted a rational policy based on strategic patience to preserve the JCPOA.
Now, after two years of the controversial withdrawal from JCPOA and the violation of the UNSC resolution 2231, the US regime has begun its ridiculous campaign to extend arms sanctions against Iran by illegally claiming a distinction between the resolution 2231 and JCPOA. Based on the fundamental principle of international relations, governments who do not fulfill their commitments under the Security Council resolutions, cannot retain any legal rights for themselves in this regard.
The destructive approach of the United States towards the JCPOA has not only targeted Iran and other members of the deal, but also has weakened the position and role of multilateralism in the international arena. The JCPOA is a great achievement of multilateral diplomacy rightfully serving as a model for resolving other political disputes among members of the international community through peaceful means and constructive dialogue. In fact, the promotion of multilateralism is in contrast with the destructive approach of American unilateralism and a serious obstacle to its expansionist policies in the international arena.
We hope that the international community will finally perceive this fact and oppose the illegal behaviors of the United States, which is a threat to multilateralism and international peace and security.