UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned Monday that his country could continue to accept a halt to its nuclear program while remaining at the mercy of economic sanctions.
“Some European countries (claiming to be waiting) have the Iranian people to bear the brunt of the sanctions … and abandon their nuclear energy activities and continue to respect the restrictions imposed by the Iranian nuclear deal,” Khamenei said in a speech in Tehran. Which Washington recently withdrew from.
The people of Iran and its government will never accept nuclear sanctions and restrictions at the same time, “he said on the 29th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in July 2015 in Vienna between Tehran and the 5 + 1 group (China, the United States, France, Britain, Russia and Germany). The resolution gave way to re-imposing all US economic sanctions on Iran, which were lifted under the deal.
The Vienna agreement allowed Iran to break its isolation by partially lifting international sanctions on the Islamic Republic. In return, Tehran agreed to suspend its nuclear program for years to provide assurances that it was not for military purposes.
Khamenei and Iranian officials have repeatedly warned that Iran may withdraw from the Vienna agreement if it no longer benefits from economic benefits.
On May 23, the supreme leader set out a series of conditions for the Europeans to keep Iran in the agreement. But there is little room for maneuver to maintain Iran’s economic interests.
On Monday, shortly after Khamenei’s speech, the French auto group PSA, which returned to Iran after 2015, said it was preparing to withdraw from the country in response to US sanctions.
For the same reasons, French oil group Total said on Sunday that its chances of staying in Iran were “very poor”.