Ali Akbar Velayati told Tasnim News Agency on Saturday that the US has left the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and therefore has no right to make the false claim that it can reinstate the sanctions.
"How do they want to trigger the snapback mechanism when they are not members of the JCPOA anymore?" he asked.
Asked about Iran’s reaction to the US' possible move to invoke the snapback mechanism, Velayati said, “The Islamic Republic has a very clear stance … it is not possible for the Islamic Republic to unilaterally implement the JCPOA while the opposite parties fail to do so.”
He emphasized that none of the parties to the JCPOA had fulfilled their obligations but merely participated in the US sanctions campaign against Tehran either directly or indirectly, and said Iran has no commercially acceptable transaction or trade with the Europeans because they had openly imposed embargoes against Iran under Washington's sway.
“An agreement which has practically been violated by one side has no validity,” Velayati pointed out.
The United States is trying to trigger the "snapback" mechanism in the multilateral nuclear agreement despite its withdrawal from the accord in May 2018 in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorses the JCPOA.