Middle East

Iran to ratify Paris climate agreement only when sanctions are lifted

19:01, 10 November 2021
Iran to ratify Paris climate agreement only when sanctions are lifted Photo: Thomas Schulze/ZB/Global Look Press

The Middle East country refuses to comply with the accord signed in 2015 until the international community eliminates sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.

Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment Ali Salajegheh announced on Wednesday that Iran will be committed to the liabilities of the Paris Climate Agreement only in case the international community lifts sanctions imposed on the country because of its nuclear development program.

The declaration was made at the COP26 climate summit held in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to the minister, complying with the accord’s obligations makes no sense to Iran since the country will not be able to benefit from it due to sanctions.

“We are obliged to reduce greenhouse gas emission by four percent only if all sanctions against the country are lifted.”

He added that once the country gets enough funding and sees itself free of sanctions, it will immediately fulfill plans on reducing emissions and containing global warmth growth limited at the recent G20 summit in Italy to the new threshold of 1.5 °C.

Still, Salajegheh highlighted that Iran took measures to fight climate change in the region and was proud of limiting desertification and using more renewable energy. He added that saving the environment was of interest to every Iranian.

“Iran’s approaches toward the environment are rooted in religious and traditional teachings. Iranians are especially interested in preserving the environment.”

It is not the first time in recent weeks when Iran dictates terms for negotiations. In October the Islamic republic demanded that the US unblock $10 bln to return to talks concerning Iran’s nuclear program.