Tehran to Astound JCPOA Parties If Nuclear Deal Falls Through: Salehi
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said if the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers collapses, those responsible would be astounded by Tehran’s response.
If the nuclear agreement falls through, no other international convention would be strong enough, Salehi said addressing a conference in Tehran on Sunday, expressing the hope that “this will not happen”.
“We hope it will not happen, but if the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) collapses, we will (show a proper response to) astound them (the parties to the deal responsible for its failure),” he added.
Stressing that the JCPOA has been beneficial to all sides as well as the international community, Salehi said the agreement helped strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
US President Donald Trump on Oct. 13 refused to certify that Tehran was complying with the accord even though international inspectors said it was.
However, US lawmakers signaled this week they planned to ensure Washington complied with the agreement under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.
The US Congress has until mid-December to decide whether to re-impose sanctions lifted under the deal.