Recent efforts by Russia, China and Europe to save Iran Nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – are supported by Pakistan, diplomatic sources in Islamabad have said. While talking to English Daily The Nation, a senior official at Pakistan’s foreign office said that the country had assured Russia, China and European stakeholders that it will back any efforts to salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal.
The official said, “As a policy we are against the United States decision to walk out of the nuclear deal with Iran. We support any effort to save this agreement. The US disappointed many countries. Pakistan will never change its mind to support the US on the Iran nuclear deal. We are firm in our decision (to back Iran).”
Previously, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohamed Faisal had said that Islamabad believed that the Iran deal presented a good model of solving complex international issues through dialogue and diplomacy. “We had welcomed the JCPOA when it was concluded and hope that all parties will find a way for its continuation, especially when the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly verified Iran’s compliance,” he said.
It is being reported that Europe, China and Russia are in the process of discussing and offering a new deal to Tehran. The deal could see the deal’s signatories offering financial aid to Tehran if it curbs its ballistic missile programme.
Under the leadership of senior EU diplomat Helga Schmid, diplomats from stakeholder states will meet in Vienna to discuss further steps in wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. The Trump administration has also warned that any European countries doing business with Iran will also face US sanctions.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran had agreed to curb its nuclear program if Western sanctions were lifted. President Trump had always expressed his disapproval for the deal mainly because it was signed by former President Obama. However, the Trump administration has recently argued that the major reasons for US withdrawal are based on the deal neither covering Iran’s missile program nor the country’s support for armed groups in the Middle East.