Iran said on Sunday that Europe was not in a position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities, and called on European leaders to normalize economic ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions or face consequences.
President Donald Trump last year withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal signed by his predecessor Obama and reimposed sanctions that had crippled the Islamic nation’s economy.
President Trump has condemned the Iran nuclear deal with world powers for not being permanent and for not covering the Iranian ballistic missile program or its role in terrorism in the Middle East and around the world.
The European signatories to the deal – France, Britain, and Germany – share the same concerns as the United States over Iranian ballistic missile program and regional terrorism.
However, they have defended the nuclear accord saying that at least it puts curbs on Iranian nuclear program and can be the basis for future talks.
“Europeans are not in a position to criticize Iran for issues outside the nuclear deal,” Foreign Minister Zarif was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster.
“The Europeans and other signatories of the JCPOA should normalize economic ties with Iran… We will halt our commitments or will take action in accordance to their measures.”
Iran last month stopped some commitments under the nuclear deal and threatened that in 60 days it would scale back more commitments if Europeans fail to shield it against the US sanctions.