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News > Lord Norman Lamont, President of Britain-Iran Chamber of Commerce believes that the JCPOA has been a historic achievement both for Iran and the international community


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Lord Norman Lamont, President of Britain-Iran Chamber of Commerce believes that the JCPOA has been a historic achievement both for Iran and the international community

Lord Norman Lamont, President of Britain-Iran Chamber of Commerce believes that the JCPOA has been a historic achievement both for Iran and the international community

In an interview with IRNA in London, Lord Lamont, the British Politician and former Conservative MP for Kingston-Upon-Thames and Britains Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990 to 1993 expressed his ideas over the effects of Irans nuclear deal with six world powers on trade relationship between Britain and Iran. 

The following is excerpts from his interview with IRNA:  

Q. What has been the fruits and impact of JCPOA with regards to British Iranian relationship? 

A. I think the JCPOA is a historic achievement. I think there is too much of tendency to talk it down; people cannot expect the world to change overnight. The fact is that sanctions have reduced many countries trade very dramatically, it will take some time for trade to re-establish itself 

British trade is up over 40 per cent, our imports from Iran are up; you look at European trade, I think its up over 60 percent. 

We had the delivery of the first Airbus, which is going to be a massive deal; of course there has been few problems but I think this is already showing some benefits for Iran.

Q. How much Britain benefited from JCPOA? 

A. There has been Vodafone deal, Jaguar are going, Shell has indicated their intention, BP have opened an office, Rolls-Royce have started servicing; So there are long list of British companies who are now active in Iran who were not active before. 

Q. What is Britains vision on 2017 with regards to its relations with Iran?

A. The vision is more trade, more export, more import from Iran. A lot of people are worried about Trump. I hope and I expect that he will keep the deal. He may even want to go further and get American companies involved. I hope ultimately the JCPOA will lead to cooperation between Britain and Iran.

Q. I have seen a lot of optimism in British politicians when they talk about trade with Iran, but why did the British Prime Minister say in his remarks in Bahrain that Iran is a threat in the region?

A. I think the prime minister nonetheless values the JCPOA, I have not personally talked to her about it, but I have talked to the foreign secretary and he is crystal clear about JCPOA. 

I was speaking to a member of cabinet yesterday about the JCPOA, Mr. Liam Fox and he was very enthusiastic about Iran. 

Q. International Trade Ministry have recently issued a report, mentioning Iran as an export target. What is so special about Iran? 

A. Iran is special in the sense that it has been out of the international trading system for many years, it’s a big country, it has a highly educated workforce and now its back, and its big and its got lots of opportunities and lots of upside.

Q. What would be Europe’s duty to protect JCPOA, towards a hostile US administration? 

A. I think the JCPOA would give a solid assurance that the pathway to nuclear weapon for Iran is completely blocked. With Iran’s consent willing cooperation and that is something that ought to be reassuring in a region where people may miscalculate and misunderstand exaggerated idea of some threat in their minds from Iran even to those countries who are not friendly with Iran, it ought to be reassuring to JCPOA. That is the argument that I think Europe and the UK would use.

As you know the JCPOA is an agreement embodied and logged at the UN, so it cannot be unilaterally got rid of.

Q. What would be the consequences if JCPOA is not respected by the US? 

A. I don’t think the Americans will tear it up. If US tears it, would Europe go along with it, I doubt it very much.


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