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Iran to rethink if not benefit from JCPOA

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 16 October 2017 / 15:35

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran's Parliament Speaker stressed that if the US President's inappropriate attitude stopped Iran benefiting from the nuclear agreement, the country would definitely reconsider its stance on the deal.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo in Saint Petersburg which hosted the 137th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

"On the subject of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), we have sustained high costs. If we are not to benefit from the JCPOA through the inappropriate behavior of Trump, and merely pay the costs, we will certainly rethink this issue" Larijani said.

Larijani touched on Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's fatwa against the acquisition, development and use of nuclear weapons, saying it also includes other weapons of mass destruction.

"The fatwa of our Eminent Leader is not merely prohibiting nuclear weapons, but it also forbids the use of all weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical weapons."

"We are a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has so far confirmed our adherence eight times, but Tramp claims that Iran is not in compliance, and that Congress must decide about it," he added.

"If Trump is to make a judgment on this, then what is the responsibility of the International Atomic Energy Organization?" the speaker asked.

Lassina Zerbo, for his part, hailed Iran's positive and constructive position on commitment to the nuclear deal, adding "the JCPOA is the most significant agreement that has been achieved in the last ten years, and all sides to the deal must make efforts to preserve it."

"Ayatollah Khamenei's fatwa on the prohibition of atomic weapons is very important," he said, adding no country should try to scuttle the JCPOA.

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