By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
After the Leader of the Islamic Revolution’s decisive remarks Monday on Iran’s nuclear rights and requirements, there should be no doubts on the Islamic Republic’s clear cut approach towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), which the US blatantly breached well before expiry of its term and which the West European regimes consider as a mere pressure lever to cheat the Iranian people.
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei minced no words when he told members of the Assembly of Experts: "We are determined to develop our nuclear capabilities in line with the needs of the country. For this reason, Iran’s enrichment will not be limited to 20%, and we will take whatever action is necessary for the country. For example, for developing nuclear propulsion and other activities, we may even increase enrichment to 60%.”
He also clearly stated: "Since the US withdrew from the JCPOA and others went along with it, as per the commandments of the Holy Qur’an, under such circumstances we too have the right to renounce our commitments. Our government, however, did not abandon its commitments, but gradually reduced some of them. Of course, these things can be reversed should the other sides return to their commitments.”
This means, Iran, which as per Article 37 of the 2015 Accord has the right to revise its policies, including increasing uranium enrichment, when the other parties fail to fulfill their obligations, is ready to honour its commitments for the remaining duration of the JCPOA, provided the violators unconditionally return to its letter and spirit.
Moreover, as Iranian officials have said, the US needs to compensate Iran for the estimated 300 billion-dollar loss its policy of economic terrorism has inflicted upon the Islamic Republic.
Now, following the Leader’s clarification of so many issues relating to JCPOA, including his fatwa (religious edict) that Islam forbids manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, in contrast to the mass massacre of some 220,000 Japanese men, women, and children by the US with atomic weapons in the second half of 1945 when World War 2 was almost over, the concerned Iranian officials should avoid any misstep by biting the bait of talks.
Actually there is no need of any talks with the erring parties on any clause of the JCPOA that was finalized in Geneva, but unfortunately repeatedly violated by the US and the European regimes of Germany, France, and Britain, even after they had duped Iranian negotiators to reduce uranium enrichment to as low as 3.67 percent from 20 percent, while keeping their own doomsday nuclear arsenals intact, and unnecessarily awarding veto power to the American president to approve the deal every three months.
Another important point stated by Ayatollah Khamenei was the idiotic harping of the West and its atomic-armed Zionist poodle on the alleged Iranian plan to secretly build nuclear weapons.
He said: "That international Zionist clown (Netanyahu) repeatedly says that they will not allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons. He should be told that if the Islamic Republic wished to build nuclear weapons, he and people much bigger than him would not be able to stop it.”