IRAN (OBSERVATORY) – A senior Iranian official said that Tehran could abandon a treaty aimed at stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons if US President Donald Trump refuses the agreement signed by Iran with the world powers in 2015 (JCPOA).
Trump said that if the European allies do not fix what he called “terrible shortcomings” in the agreement, by May 12, he will restore US economic sanctions against Iran, which will deal a serious blow to the pact.
Other powers that signed it – Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France, said they want to maintain an agreement that limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the abolition of most international sanctions.
At a press conference, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani said that the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization is ready for some “unexpected actions” if the nuclear deal is canceled.
Answering the question about the possibility of Tehran’s withdrawal from the NPT, Shamkhani said: “This is one of the three options that we are considering.”
The purpose of the treaty, which entered into force in 1970, is to stop the proliferation of opportunities for the creation of nuclear weapons, to guarantee the right of all members to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The first five powers of the nuclear pact were the USSR, the USA, China, Britain and France.
Since 1970, Iran is a state party to a treaty that does not possess nuclear weapons.
In mid-August Tehran stated that it can refuse the deal in a matter of hours. President Hassan Rouhani said that this would happen if the US uses additional sanctions against Iran.
He also hinted that Iran could quickly increase enrichment of uranium to a level that would be even higher than before the signing of the nuclear agreement.
“Those who are trying to return to the language of threats and sanctions are captives of their past misconceptions,” said Ruhani in his address, “if they want to return to this experience, definitely in a short time – not in weeks or months but in a few hours or days – we will return to our previous [nuclear] situation much stronger.”