By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
Iran has sent the right message to those trying to play dirty politics with its peaceful nuclear programme that includes increase of uranium enrichment as per the country’s growing industrial needs, in the face of US economic terrorism.
There is no need of any so-called informal talks with the countries that have violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that is, the US and the three European signatories of Germany, France, and Britain, of for that matter the passing of any resolution by the Vienna based nuclear watchdog to lift the illegal US sanctions.
That was the gist of Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh’s talk with reporters in Tehran on Monday.
Moreover, Iran has warned that any anti-Iran resolution by the Western powers through manipulation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a bid to pressure Tehran will have disastrous impact on the whole issue of JCPOA.
Actually, there is no need of the JCPOA regarding Iran’s inalienable rights to develop its nuclear industry for peaceful purposes when time and again the IAEA has confirmed the non-military nature of its nuclear project.
It was only out of goodwill that Iran had agreed to enter into such an agreement in Geneva in 2015 with Germany and the 5 nuclear armed self-imposed permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, France, Britain, Russia, and China) in order to expose the blackmail of the US in illegally blocking Iran’s hard currency oil revenues in foreign banks.
It is worth noting that Iran had voluntarily reduced uranium enrichment from 20 percent to 3.67 percent for a limited duration and allowed IAEA personal to have extra hours of inspection, provided the other parties to the JCPOA fulfilled their commitments to the international accord, whose Article 37 specified that the Islamic Republic has the right to lower its own commitments if the other parties fail to abide by its clauses.
Now everything is transparent. In a criminal move in 2018 the US not only breached the JCPOA, but it again resorted to its policy of economic terrorism, while the three West European regimes indulged in half-hearted measures without fully carrying out their own commitments.
In view of these undeniable facts, there is no obligation for Iran to enter into any talks with parties that have deliberately breached the JCPOA and now intend to dupe Iranian negotiators by raising irrelevant issues.
This means the only alternative for the new US administration is to revoke all the illegal sanctions imposed by its predecessor, the roughish regime of Donald Trump.
Here, it would be repetitive to say Islam bans production of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and biological, as had been clearly stated by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who recently said without mincing words that the Islamic Republic has all the right to increase uranium enrichment to even 60 percent or more, if required by its peaceful industrial needs.
Such an unambiguous approach by Iran doesn’t require any talks at all with any party, especially those regimes who ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 have never ceased their hostility towards the Iranian people.
The verdict is thus out. The real culprit is the US which is the cause of tension and instability in our region and throughout the world with its hegemonic policies of meddling in the affairs of other countries, while stockpiling an arsenal of doomsday weapons and assisting an illegal entity like racist/terrorist Israel to develop a weapons-manufacturing nuclear programme without any inspection by the IAEA.