"If Iran leaves NPT, it can provoke Israel or the U.S. to attack"
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 23/ Trend S. Isayev/
Iran will not leave the NPT, because that will signal to the world that it want to develop nuclear weapon, Professor of chemical engineering in Southern California University, Muhammad Sahimi told Trend.
A few days ago, in an interview with France 24 TV news channel, Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said the country is determined to continue its nuclear energy program under the UN agency's control.
Sahimi added that this move by Iran would provoke the U.S. or Israel to use military attacks on the Islamic Republic.
"Iran will not stop its nuclear program to which it is entitled, and which has remained peaceful," Sahimi noted.
During his interview, Ali Asghar Soltanieh said the Islamic Republic has remained committed to its international obligations despite sanctions, war threats and even the assassination of its nuclear scientists. He underscored that Iran will not withdraw from NPT, nor will it abandon its "inalienable" right to nuclear technology while it will continue to cooperate with the IAEA.
Soltaniyeh noted that the involvement of the UN Security Council and its US-engineered sanctions have just prompted Iranians to more seriously pursue their nuclear energy program and speed up their efforts.
Soltanieh also condemned Israeli war threats against Iran as a violation of international laws, particularly the resolution 533 of 1990 in the general conference of the IAEA, which prohibits "all armed attacks against nuclear installations devoted to peaceful purposes whether under construction or in operation."
He called on the world to condemn Israel's war rhetoric as an infringement of international law jeopardizing the peaceful use of nuclear energy, reminding that any strike against nuclear installations could lead to a radiation disaster beyond borders.
The ambassador reiterated Tehran's stance on negotiations as the right solution to the West's nuclear standoff with Iran, adding that Tehran has always called on other parties to join negotiations, rather than take the path of confrontation.