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Iran to stop IAEA additional protocol if other parties to JCPOA fail to adhere their commitments: Khatibzadeh

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 15 February 2021 / 13:07

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that Iran will stop implementing the IAEA additional protocol if the other participants of the 2015 nuclear deal fail to uphold their commitments under the document.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said, "Iran will continue to be a member of NPT and NPT safeguards however, it will no longer allow supervisions beyond the NPT safeguards".

"All these measures will be reversible if the other parties to the JCPOA adhere to their obligations," he stated.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman said, "The current US administration is still moving in the wrong direction of the previous administration, and what is happening today is no different from before January 20".

"Unfortunately, the same so-called maximum pressure and the violation of the rights of the Iranian people still continue today," Khatibzadeh added.

He said, "Today, the United States is no different from the Trump era in terms of sanctions, and this can really be a shame for those who campaigned on distancing themselves from the Trump administration's arrogant policies".

"We believe that if the US adopts a principled policy, that is, to return to multilateralism and fulfill its commitments and leave the path of maximum pressure, the Islamic Republic will certainly respond appropriately to such policies, as it has said publicly before," Khatibzadeh noted.

Answering a question regarding the Europeans baseless claims against Iran's defensive missile program, the spokesman emphasized, "There is no country in the world that would compromise its national interests and national security, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will never compromise with anyone about its security and national interests. Iran's missile program is among Iran's defense tools and Iran's military activities have a defensive aspect".

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