Iran would abandon n-deal if new sanctions imposed: Army chief

Saul Bowman
October 31, 2017

"If the nuclear deal is broken, it will have unpredictable consequences".

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, urged the IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, to remain impartial with regard to upholding its landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was struck by global powers in 2015 and sees Tehran stop its nuclear programme for alleviating sanctions.

It is scheduled that Amano, who is on a visit to Tehran, will also meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"Since January 2016, the IAEA has been monitoring and verifying the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA".

Baqeri stressed that the JCPOA was a compromise between Iran and several countries and had been approved by the United Nations Security Council, so Tehran's withdrawal from the pact would be final in case of a reversal of sanctions.

Rouhani's office issued a statement describing Iran's adherence to the deal as "complete and remarkable".

In mid-September, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lambasted the USA for violating the JCPOA, warning that any "wrong move" concerning the nuclear deal would draw reactions from Iran. Salehi said that Iran could resume uranium enrichment of 20 percent within four days if it wished. The 2015 accord, signed by the Islamic republic as well as Germany, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, saw economic sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for it curbing its nuclear activities.

Prior to the meeting with Amano, Iran's president excoriated US policies before his country's parliament. "And if there is any violation of the United States's commitments, we will react strongly".

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