Iran Discards JCPOA If West Re-Impose Sanctions

Friday, July 1, 2016

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic will discard a nuclear deal it has struck with six world powers if Western countries attempt to re-apply economic pressure on Iran under new pretexts.

Larijani said Iran can see no change in the behavior of the countries with which it has struck the nuclear deal, which is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We keep zooming in on their behavior and we see no kind of compromise or conciliatory behavior,” he said, emphasizing, however, that the sides to the JCPOA have no intention of doing away with the nuclear agreement.

Larijani said that the Western countries have “concerns” on other issues and seek to re-impose the sanctions against Iran under such allegations as Iranian involvement in terrorism and the status of human rights in the country.

“We have already told the Westerners,” the Iranian Parliament speaker said, “that if they engage in looking for pretexts so they can re-impose the sanctions under new excuses, we will discard the nuclear deal.”

Larijani said one of the Western objectives in trying to apply pressure to Iran with new bans is to “reduce Iranian influence in the region.”

“Iran pursues a transparent policy in the region and does not get itself involved in childish and cheap rivalries,” he said. “If Iran supports Palestine and the Islamic current in the region, it is because the country deems it its inherent and religious duty.”

He said Western countries brandish the so-called Iranian threat and sell weapons to the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.

“That is why we believe that the behavior of the Westerners has not changed following the JCPOA and that their tactics have rather shifted.”

Larijani said Iran is located in an unsafe region and “there is the likelihood that the insecurity may spread to Iran.”

“That is why we have an active role in the region and adopt preemptive policies to maintain our own stability and security,” he explained.

Iran’s parliament head has also condemned the deadly terror attack on Ataturk Airport in the Turkish city of Istanbul, saying global arrogance helps the spread of Takfiri terrorism to undermine peace in the Muslim world.

Ali Larijani offered condolences to the Turkish government and nation as well as the bereaved families of those killed in the terrorist assault.

“Takfiri terrorism poses a threat to the security of Muslim nations,” said Larijani, calling for the establishment of “inclusive mechanisms” at the regional and international levels for an effective fight against the “ominous phenomenon.”

“The growth of Takfiri terrorism in our region is due to the policies of the occupying Zionist regime and domineering world powers, which are meant to consolidate the occupation of Palestinian lands…and weaken the Muslim word,” the top Iranian parliamentarian said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry has also censured the fatal terrorist assaults as “inhumane”, calling for a “collective and global determination to fight the ominous phenomena.”

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier condemned the attack and called for global unity in the war against terrorism.

“Terror rears its ugly head yet again in our friend & neighbor’s airport. Extremist violence is a global threat; we must confront it together,” he said.

*Photo Credit: Press TV

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