Nuclear weapons not in Iran’s defense doctrine, AEOI chief says

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) has stressed the country’s commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying there is no room for a nuclear program. nuclear weapons in Iranian defense doctrine or belief.

Mohammad Eslami made the remarks in an interview with Iran’s Al Alam TV news channel on Thursday. He elaborated on issues such as the development of nuclear technology, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the Vienna talks on lifting anti-Tehran sanctions.

“In the defense and security doctrine of the Islamic Republic of Iran, there is no need [for nuclear weapons] because it goes against the beliefs and convictions of the Islamic Republic, and there is also a religious fatwa in this regard,” Eslami said.

The senior Iranian official said the allegations made by the West against the Islamic Republic were only intended to sway public opinion. He said they are wrong because the world is already aware that the West is generally against Iran acquiring advanced technology and sovereignty.

Iran has always been committed to meeting its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Eslami said. The West can resume negotiations on reviving the landmark deal if it is in good faith, he added.

“If they are in good faith and resume negotiations today, the Islamic Republic has adhered and will continue to adhere to its commitments provided that they are honest and do not want to create an opportunity to again harm the interests of the Iranian nation”.

“Because this time will not be like the past and they will encounter countermeasures from the Islamic Republic at the slightest lapse and slippage in the implementation of their obligations.”

Eslami said the West is grappling with the “sanctions virus” while Iran’s actions are aimed at lifting sanctions.

“Our actions and the expansion of our [nuclear] the capabilities will continue until the other side returns to its obligations and lifts the sanctions and drops the claims which are essentially charges against the Islamic Republic.

Over the years, Iran has declared that its nuclear program is for purely peaceful purposes and that it has no intention of developing nuclear weapons.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, even issued a fatwa (religious decree) stating that the acquisition, development and use of nuclear weapons violate Islamic principles and are therefore prohibited.

During the interview with Al Alam, Eslami also censured the “politically motivated” behavior of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and said that speaking with Israeli speech is not typical of Israel. United Nations nuclear agency.

“The Islamic Republic expects the Director General of the Atomic Energy Agency to avoid political behavior and the use of literature that falls outside the scope of and is unrelated to the rules and practices of the Agency,” he said.

“They know that there are no nuclear facilities that Iran has not declared and that Israel provided them with these so-called documents,” Eslami said. “Talking with Israeli literature is not typical of an organization affiliated with the United Nations.”

Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani and his delegation traveled to the Austrian capital on Wednesday to resume talks aimed at reviving the JCPOA and lifting anti-Tehran sanctions.

Iranian state media reported on Thursday that Bagheri Kani had “met and conferred” with European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora as part of the long-running negotiations.

The former US administration under President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018, followed by the reinstatement of crippling sanctions against Iran under the so-called “maximum pressure campaign”.

After showing “strategic patience” for a year, Iran gradually began to reduce its commitments under the deal in 2019, holding both the United States and Europeans accountable.

Talks to relaunch the landmark deal began in April last year with the participation of the other parties to the deal – France, Germany and Britain. While the parties have noted progress in several rounds of talks, Washington’s indecisiveness has prevented any meaningful breakthrough.

Last month, the talks moved to the Qatari capital of Doha in a different format, with Tehran and Washington holding indirect talks mediated by the European Union. The single round again failed to produce the desired result due to excessive demands from the United States.

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