Tehran Not Interested in ‘Provocative Moves’ Against Washington, Iranian Envoy Says

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been in place since the Trump administration’s unilateral exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi has stressed that Tehran is not interested in escalating tensions with Washington.

In an interview with Al Jazeera on Sunday, the envoy touched upon Tehran’s moves to scale down its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the wake of Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018.

He reproached the deal’s European signatories for “an empty promise” to compensate Iran after the US exit, something that Takht-Ravanchi said had finally prompted the Islamic Republic to start scrapping its JCPOA obligations, including those related to uranium enrichment.

He berated Washington for sending “arms and warships” to the Middle East region, which the envoy said is 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometres) away from America, in an apparent reference to a US aircraft carrier strike group’s deployment to the area following Tehran’s decision to scale down its JCPOA commitments in May 2019.

Top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike on his car near the Baghdad International Airport in early January authorised by then-President Donald Trump and further exacerbated Washington-Tehran tensions.

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