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Asefi: Deadline for Europeans to submit proposal expires today

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said that Monday is the last day of deadline set by the Islamic Republic of Iran for the EU-3 to submit their proposals.

He made the remark on the sidelines of a gathering dubbed "Iran's Nuclear Technology: Symbol of National Will" here Monday.

Answering a question whether as an Iranian official, Asefi would announce Monday as the last day of the deadline for Europe, he stressed "Monday is the last day of the deadline for Europeans." The spokesman further underlined that Iran would provide no other pportunity to Europeans to offer their comprehensive plan for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

A reporter quoted one of lecturers at the gathering as saying "the holy religion has given us a free hand in confronting the enemies' use of nuclear weapons," and asked whether such remarks implied that "some ranking religious authorities approved of using nuclear arms."
In reply, Asefi said the government's criteria in this respect is the ruling of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei who has rejected use of nuclear weapons as 'Haram' (religiously forbidden).

Dismissing the idea of any differences of opinions among ulama on the issue, he stressed that there is no discrepancy in this regard and the government's policy is based on the Supreme Leader's verdict.

To another question whether the deadline for Europeans will expire at 17:00 hours today, the spokesman recommended him not to put much emphasis on the exact hour and said "the important thing is that today marks the end of the deadline for the Europeans." On the time of the resumption of activities in Isfahan's Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF), he said the exact time was not clear yet and remarked that the center will restart its activities after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is notified.

According to Asefi, the IAEA inspectors are currently in Tehran but it will take them a few hours to travel to Isfahan in central Iran to monitor resumption of activities in UCF.



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