Iran to stop implementing nuke deal if West violates terms
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 26
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that if the West fails to fulfill its commitments regarding the nuclear deal clinched in July between Tehran and the P5+1 group, Iran will not keep its commitments either.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Board of Governors need to make a choice between the possible military dimensions (PMD) to Tehran's nuclear program and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said Nov. 25.
In case, the IAEA director or the Board of Governors present their report in a way which violates the agreed commitments, the Islamic Republic of Iran will also stop [implementing] the JCPOA, IRNA news agency quoted Araqchi Nov. 25.
According to a road-map agreed between Tehran and the IAEA on July 14, the international atomic body is expected to submit a report clarifying the past and present outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear program by Dec. 15.
The IAEA and Iranian nuclear negotiators held a session on November 24 in Vienna to discuss the agency's upcoming report on the possible military dimensions (PMD) to Tehran's nuclear program.
Araqchi concluded that if the agency fails to settle the PMD, Iran will stop implementing the agreement.
Under a deal clinched in July between Iran and the world powers, the nuclear sanctions imposed by the west on Tehran will be lifted in return for scaling down the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
According to the deal which is known as the JCPOA, Tehran is committed to reducing the number of its centrifuges.