TEHRAN (defapress) – Iranian nuclear chief Salehi said Wed. that Tehran would like to keep the nuclear deal alive, but not at any cost, referring to Trump’s possible move to walk away from the agreement.
News ID: 66319
Publish Date: 12October 2017 - 11:33
Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar
Salehi, who is in London at the official invitation of UK Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson, spoke to a number of analysts from international press on some
important political and global topics related to Iran and the Middle East.
About US President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the
nuclear deal, Salehi deemed any violation of the agreement by Washington to
have international consequences, adding "Iran will make appropriate decisions
based on what the US government will do.”
"Iran’s stance on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful
purposes has been declared clearly numerous times, and its interpretation of
Attachment "T" to the nuclear deal has been stated,” Salehi said.
The paragraph "T" refers to activities that can be
used for dual purposes, in the sense that it is both peaceful and can be used
for developing nuclear weapons.
"We have never been and will never be after nuclear
weapons,” Salehi stressed. "Only the peaceful use of the nuclear energy is what
the Islamic Republic of Iran pursues.”
"It has been announced explicitly to European officials that
either every side to the deal will remain committed or everyone will withdraw
altogether; there is no other way,” Salehi said.
The Iranian nuclear chief then deemed his talks with British
officials positive, saying "during the talks, we agreed that every side should
make efforts to preserve the nuclear deal. Iran is keen on keeping the nuclear
deal, but not at any cost.”
Asked about his prediction of Trump’s decision toward the
nuclear deal, he said "the US is going through some kind of political confusion
in the sense that even the American authorities do not know what is the best
decision to make. And this is not just about the nuclear deal, rather in all
other international issues to which the US is committed, the y seem to be
thinking about changing their positions toward them.”
He went on to add, "during my meetings with Italian and
British officials, I got the feeling that they have been surprised by the
emotional and unusual measures taken by the Trump administration, and wish for
Washington to go back to making rational choices.”