US in State of ‘Political Confusion’ over JCPOA: Iran’s Salehi
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said there are signs of “political confusion” in the top levels of the US administration over the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
The US appears to be suffering from “political confusion” and it does not know what it wants, Salehi said on Wednesday following a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London.
He further stressed that any US violation of the JCPOA would have international consequences, adding that the Islamic Republic will deliver a proper response to President Donald Trump’s potential withdrawal from the deal.
Iran has “prepared itself for various scenarios,” and will undoubtedly deliver a proper response, Salehi said.
“The European Union has so far indicated that it is willing to preserve the JCPOA but whether or not it can resist the US is unpredictable,” he added.
The senior Iranian official also said that Iran seeks preservation of the JCPOA “but not at any price.”
“There are only two cases: either all (parties) withdraw from the JCPOA or everyone stays (committed to) to it. There is no third alternative,” he stated.
In a forthcoming speech, US President Donald Trump is expected to declare that the JCPOA is no longer in America’s national security interests and to decertify the multilateral agreement.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear accord in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities as per the nuclear deal and should also help Iran develop its nuclear energy program.
Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA.