US Dream for Scrapping JCPOA Not to Come True: Iran’s FM Spokesman
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the United States’ dream for dismantling the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers at the expense of Iran will not become a reality.
The Islamic Republic will not be the first to violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but we will remain vigilant and take all necessary measures if the US breaches the deal, Qassemi told reporters on Monday during his weekly press briefing.
Referring to US attempts aimed at scuttling the deal at Iran’s cost, he said, “This dream will not come true”.
Iran will make every effort to preserve the JCPOA, Qassemi said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman said Tehran’s missile program is merely defensive in nature and in no way contravenes United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231.
The missile issue “is none of their business,” he went on to say, referring to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks against Iran’s recent launch of its domestically-manufactured Simorgh satellite carrier.
Resolution 2231 was adopted by the UNSC in July 2015 to endorse the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), known as the Joint Comprehensive plan of Action (JCPOA).
Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna in July 2015, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.