Iran’s top atomic energy official said on Wednesday that breaching the 2015 nuclear deal by the US President Donald Trump will entail global repercussions. Chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi made the remarks in a meeting with a group of media elites and researchers of British think tanks. The US president is to decide whether he certify the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the world six major powers or not. He has signaled that he is to withdraw his endorsement of the 2015 nuclear deal which is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump’s administration has so far twice certified Iran’s compliance with the deal. However, if he refuses to do so for a third time, then the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions waived under the deal. That would let Congress effectively decide whether to kill the historic deal.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that Tehran has always sought nuclear activities for only peaceful purposes. “Despite the fact that Iran’s original interest in the nuclear industry dates back to the post-WWII ‘Atom for Peace Program’ era, its nuclear program is yet at a humble stage in comparison with the state of the industry in more advanced countries”, Salehi said on Tuesday, addressing the 20th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-Proliferation. He reiterated that nowadays nothing appears to be more pressing and important than the fate of Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said, “So, that constitutes the thrust of my remarks here today; what it means for us and presumably for the international community”.
Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not renegotiable and the best way is to comply with its terms. Salehi who is currently in Rome at the official invitation of the Italian officials to attend the International Conference on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Amaldi) and hold talks with the country’s officials told IRNA that it has been repeatedly said that JCPOA is not renegotiable. Some demand JCPOA’s technical aspects renegotiated but, the issue cannot be negotiated, he said, noting, “We have on several occasions said that JCPOA has been negotiated once, as Russian foreign minister and EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini and China have underlined that JCPOA cannot be renegotiated”. Salehi reiterated that the best way is to stick to JCPOA, as it is conducive to regional and international developments and strengthening non-proliferation system.