IRAN: TIME RUNNING OUT FOR EUROPE TO SAVE NUCLEAR DEAL – FM
TEHRAN, Iran warned that the European states do not have much time to save the 2015 nuclear deal by ensuring Tehran of its continued merits after the US withdrawal.
"We hope that Europe will not miss the opportunity as we do not have much time and I hope that we will witness the necessary developments. The EU will not have much time and we should adopt the appropriate decisions," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in a press conference.
"If the EU is interested that Iran remains in the nuclear deal, it should enforce mechanisms which produce results by complying with its obligations under the nuclear deal alongside Russia and China immediately and in the least time," he added.
In relevant remarks on Sunday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned the European states that time was running out for their show of power to protect the 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrawal.
"Certainly, Iran will pursue the nation's demand with its prudence but it should be clarified that the Islamic Republic of Iran's officials will not wait for Europe's timeless promises. The time for negotiations is running out," Larijani said, addressing an open session of the parliament in Tehran.
"If Europe considers itself powerful enough to maintain the nuclear deal, it should declare its decision more clearly and rapidly, otherwise, the Islamic Republic will take next steps in the nuclear field or other issues," he added.
Larijani also called on Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi to take serious steps to implement the orders of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei to develop 190 thousand of SWUs (Seperate Working Units of uranium enrichment).
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated last Monday that Tehran would never take part in any negotiations over its missile and regional power, and warned that Europeans should comply with his earlier stated conditions or Iran would discard the nuclear deal.
Addressing thousands of Iranian people and officials at a ceremony at the Mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran, the Iranian Leader said the EU should avoid miscalculations that Iran would continue fulfilling its undertakings under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the European states do not stand against the US sanctions in practice.
"The words uttered by some European states indicate that they expect the Iranian nation to both agree to comply with the nuclear deal undertakings and live under sanction. I tell the European states that have undigested thoughts in their minds that this dream of yours will not come true," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"The Iranian nation will not tolerate to be under both sanctions and nuclear restrictions," he reiterated.
Ayatollah Khamenei further dismissed the US-led moves to cause misperception among Iranians that discarding the nuclear deal would end in war, saying some wrongly mention that Iran's opposition to continued compliance with "an impaired version of the JCPOA would result in war, but this is a lie," and a part of the enemies' psychological war against Iran.
He said Tehran would never agree to negotiate over its power components, specially its missile and regional power, and warned that Iran has developed such a robust missile power that it would retaliate any enemy strike with ten-fold missile attacks.
The Leader further warned the EU to avoid playing with Iran over the nuclear deal, and ordered the country's nuclear officials to take the needed measures to be completely prepared for any decision by the Islamic Republic.
"The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran is duty-bound to prepare the ground for achieving 190 thousand of SWUs (Seperate Working Units of uranium enrichment), but within the framework of the JCPOA for the time being," he said in warning remarks, implying that if the EU proves disloyalty to its undertakings Tehran will resume nuclear fuel operations to maximum levels that it needs to fuel its power plants.
"The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran should also take the introductory measures for the execution of the President's order from tomorrow," the Iranian Leader added.
His remarks came as Iran and the EU are in talks on how to preserve the nuclear deal after the US discarded the agreement in a blatant violation of its endorsed undertakings and despite international warnings and as time is clicking for the Europeans to declare their final decision on how they intend to ensure Iran of their compliance with their duties under the nuclear deal.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the US would no longer remain part of the JCPOA and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran's development of its nuclear program.
Almost two weeks later, the Iranian Supreme Leader declared five prerequisites for the EU to keep Tehran under the nuclear deal, underlining that the three European nations are necessitated to prove their trustworthiness after their disloyalty to a similar deal in 2005.
Addressing a meeting with former and present Iranian officials here in Tehran on May 24, the Iranian Leader reminded defiance of undertakings by Britain, France and Germany back in 2005 when Iran embarked on a voluntary implementation of the additional protocol to the NPT and halted nuclear activities, and said the European trio "showed a major disloyalty; they made a promise in 2004-2005, but defied. Now they should prove that today they won't show the dishonesty and disloyalty of that day".
Ayatollah Khamenei asked officials not to repeat a single mistake twice, and cautioned, "Europe has displayed that it accompanies the US in most sensitive cases."
He further blasted the Europeans for keeping mum about the US frequent violations of the 2015 nuclear deal in the last two years, and said "the EU is required to make up for this silence".
Ayatollah Khamenei reminded that the US has violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that accompanies the nuclear deal, and said hence "Europe should issue a resolution against the US violation" of the agreement.
He said "the EU should also undertake to avoid a discussion of Iran's missile and regional power".
The Iranian Leader reminded that the nuclear talks were aimed at the removal of the sanctions, "many of which were not lifted, while they have been recently threatening to revive the sanctions desipte the emphasis of the UN Security Council resolution" to the otherwise.
The Leader further underlined that the EU should also pledge "to take action against any kind of sanction against the Islamic Republic and stand against the US sanctions on the basis of a clear-cut position".
"Europe is also needed to ensure Iran's full crude sales," he said, and explained, "In case the Americans manage to strike a blow at our oil sales, (we) should be able to sell whatever volume of oil that we want. The Europeans should compensate (for the loss in crude sales) in a guaranteed manner and buy Iran's crude."
Ayatollah Khamenei also underscored that the EU banks should also ensure trade with Iran, and said, "We don't want a fight with these three countries, but (we) don't trust them either because of their past record."
He further warned that "if Europeans delay in complying with our demands, then Iran would preserve its right for resuming nuclear activities". "Once we observe that the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) produces no fruit, then one way would be reviving the operations that have been shut down."
After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers after the US pullout of the agreement.
"Iran, as a country that has remained committed to its legal obligations, will pursue the US Government's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA as provided by the mechanisms and provisions of the accord, and if the US withdrawal is not fully compensated and the full interests of the Iranian people are not met and guaranteed � as stated in the accord and as outlined by Iran's Leader on 9 May � it will exercise its legal right to take whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient. Other parties to the JCPOA, and especially its three European signatories, must take necessary action to safeguard the accord and to implement their commitments � which they proved incapable of fully performing even while the US was nominally a party to the deal, due to the obstructions by the Trump Administration � and to proceed from giving pledges to taking practical action without any preconditions," it said.
"None of the provisions or timeframes within the JCPOA, which were the subject of twelve years of negotiations, are negotiable in any manner. The US, which has through its meddling and erroneous policies ignited extremism, terrorism, destruction, war and child killing in our region, is in no position to issue any diktat about the Islamic Republic of Iran's lawful presence within its own region nor its effective support for the peoples of Syria and Iraq in their endeavor to fight extremists. The US and its allies, which through their support for the regime of Saddam Hussein, including equipping it with chemical weapons and the most advanced military equipment while blocking Iran's access to any means of defense victimized the Iranian people for eight years, and currently turning our region into a powder keg through their sale of hundreds of billions of dollars of useless advanced weaponry devouring the financial resources of the region, are in no position to impose restrictions on the Islamic Republic of Iran's lawful means of defense, including defensive ballistic missiles which have been designed to carry conventional weapons based on the bitter experiences of the war with the regime of Saddam Hussein. Indeed, such efforts explicitly violate the principles of international law, and the Islamic Republic of Iran's legitimate right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter," it added.
"As announced by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 8 May, the Foreign Minister has been tasked with the duty of taking the necessary measures to obtain required guarantees from the remaining parties to the JCPOA as well as Iran's other economic partners, and to immediately report the results of this mission. Meanwhile, the President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's brave nuclear scientists."
"The people of Iran will with calm and confidence continue their path towards progress and development and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has foreseen all necessary measures to facilitate this under any circumstances," the statement continued.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a secure and powerful state, which derives its security and economic development from within, relying on the prudent participation and resilience of its brave and civilized people, seeks constructive and dignified engagement with the world, and as shown by its implementation of the JCPOA despite the United States' continuous violations, is a trustworthy and committed partner for all who are prepared to cooperate on the basis of shared interests and mutual respect," it reiterated.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK