July 31, 2017
Tehran has signaled its readiness to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal if its implementation runs counter to the country’s interests. In this vein, experts wonder whether Iran could return to developing nuclear weapons.
Late last week, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that Tehran will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “as soon as it feels that the advantages of the nuclear deal fall behind its costs and disadvantages,” according to the Tasnim news agency.The JCPOA, which was clinched in July 2015, lifts nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran in exchange for assurances that Tehran’s nuclear program will remain peaceful. According to the deal, the sides also agreed to refrain from policies intended to affect Iran’s trade and economic relations.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will honor the JCPOA as long as it enjoys the benefits of the JCPOA,” Araghchi was quoted by Tasnim as saying.
The JCPOA, which was agreed upon in July 2015, prompted Russia and other countries to lift nuclear-related sanctions. Araghchi also said that Washington is trying to withdraw from the JCPOA and blame Tehran.
This article was posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 8:36 am