Belgium: 'We don't have a lot of time' to save nuclear accord — Iranian FM

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister (Farsi): «In the name of God, the meeting was useful. It went well with regards to the present necessity of trust and decision towards Iran that the provisions of the deal, especially the cases from which Iran has benefited, be implemented completely. Given that Iran has executed its obligations and that the agency [IAEA] has emphasised this several... Еще times, Ms Mogherini will make a statement on behalf of the meeting, regarding the work that will happen in the following weeks and the political understanding that stands behind this work. An appropriate action has been started. I hope that this action will bring a result. We don't have a lot of time. In a few weeks we will see if these proceedings that we agreed upon today will be implemented in practice, we will see how much we can go ahead. The entire European side emphasised that it can fulfill its obligations. We as well will work with them in these following weeks in order to bring this decision forward.» *JUMP CUT AT SOURCE* *NO CUTAWAY AT SOURCE* Journalist (Farsi): «What about the American sanctions on Mr Seif? [Iran's Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif]» Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister (Farsi): «Right now the actions of the United States are illegal.» Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there was not «a lot of time» to reach an accord on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) after the US exited the deal, when speaking to the press in Brussels on Tuesday. Following a roundtable meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Frederica Mogherini and the foreign ministers from the UK, France and Germany, Zarif said «an appropriate action has been started.» The Iranian foreign minister noted, «We started the process, I believe we are on the right track. Now a lot depends on what we can do within the next few weeks. The high representative will make a statement on behalf of all of us, and I believe it's a good start. We're not there, we're beginning the process, and we need to receive those guarantees. We will see how best we can move forward.» He went on to say that «we don't have a lot of time. In a few weeks we will see if these proceedings that we agreed upon today will be implemented in practice, we will see how much we can go ahead. The entire European side emphasised that it can fulfill its obligations. We as well will work with them in these following weeks in order to bring this decision forward.» Responding to a question about Washington's Tuesday announcement about imposing sanctions on Iran central bank governor Valiollah Seif, Zarif said that «right now the actions of the United States are illegal.»

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