May 23, 2018

Nuclear Deal Turbulence Grounds Tehran's Purchase Of Western Aircraft

23 April 2018, 01:38 | Simon Arnold

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

"Iran is ready to restart its controversial nuclear program if the Trump administration resumes sanctions", Irani Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview to air Sunday on "Face the Nation".

Iran has said its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes and its ballistic missiles exclusively for defense.

He was referring to a possible decision by Trump to leave the accord next month.

In January that country's foreign minister accused Iran of not respecting part of a United Nations resolution that calls on Iran to refrain from work on ballistic missiles created to carry nuclear warheads, Reuters reported.

In January 2016, after months of secret talks between senior Iranian and U.S. officials during Barack Obama's administration, Tehran released four Americans in exchange for seven Iranians being released in the United States.

As the final countdown begins to the next sanctions waiver deadline, and amid Trump's grand posturing, European states are scrambling to see what can be done to salvage matters should the USA president stand by his word and pull the rug out from under the deal.

The White House called for sanctions that would penalise Iran for ballistic missile tests, expand nuclear inspectors' access, and lengthen limits on Iranian nuclear activity.

Iran's foreign minister warned the country could "resume at much greater speed our nuclear activities" if the us drops out of the Iran nuclear deal. It will further isolate the United States as a party that is not reliable - not just not predictable, but not reliable - the global community would recognize that Iran could not unilaterally and without the other side implement the deal.

Hoping that the USA would come to its senses, Salehi said his organization is ready to carry out any decision from the country's senior authorities.

Zarif also said it was "highly unlikely" that Iran would stay inside the agreement if the USA effectively pulled out.

Trump recently nominated Mike Pompeo, who was serving as his Central Intelligence Agency director, to be his new secretary of state. The EU hopes with the new measures to safeguard the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. They should use the opportunity of meeting with President Trump to encourage him to live up to the United States' commitments under the JCPOA rather than trying to appease him because by trying to appease him, he will take further steps in the wrong direction.

"As long as uncertainties are not resolved, we will not provide down payments", Fakhrieh Kashan told state-run news agency ILNA, adding, "We will wait to see whether the USA remains committed to the JCPOA or not, and then make our final decision".

"It's very important for Iran to receive the benefits of the agreement", he said.

When asked on Saturday if Iran could stay in the agreement and work with the Europeans and other nations, Zarif said, "I believe that's highly unlikely".

"I don't think that a country that has been in breach for at least the last 15 months is in a position to make any new demands", he said.

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