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Iran Regards US Government Responsible for Fulfillment of its Commitments

Friday, July 8, 2016

Iran criticizes measures approved by the US House of Representatives to block the sale of Boeing aircraft to Tehran, saying Washington is duty-bound to put right all measures that are inconsistent with last year’s nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and six global powers.

“What is important to the Islamic Republic of Iran is the opposite side’s commitment to its obligations [under the nuclear agreement], and we have nothing to do with the US domestic issues,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

He went on to say that the Islamic Republic “regards the US government responsible for Washington's fulfillment of its commitments.”

“Sensitivities and inter-party blackmailing in the US on the verge of the country's presidential election are understandable,” he added.

The Iranian spokesperson emphasized that the irreversible outcomes of such differences among US parties and the lack of commitment to JCPOA obligations would backfire on themselves.

The Republican-weighted US House of Representatives voted by voice to pass two amendments to a financial services spending bill aimed at barring Chicago-based Boeing from selling commercial passenger aircraft to Tehran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry official has also urged the UN chief not to give in to 'political pressure' in his report to the Security Council on the implementation of the country’s nuclear agreement with the group of six world countries.

The Iranian official said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has never participated in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries and must not discuss issues in his biannual report that are in contradiction to the very contents of the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The official made the remarks in response to the confidential report which was cited by Reuters. The story by Reuters quoted the UN chief as saying that Iran's ballistic missile launches “are not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the JCPOA.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry official expressed hope that the Reuters report would not be true.

The official urged Ban not to offer interpretations that do not comply with the JCPOA text and are merely the outcome of political pressure by certain permanent members of the Security Council.

The official also called on the UN chief to present a “realistic and fair” report on Washington's failure to fulfill its JCPOA obligations as attested by all countries that have resumed economic cooperation with Iran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has also dismissed a recent NATO communiqué concerning the Islamic Republic’s missile program as “a repetition of past baseless allegations.”

“Not only does not Iran’s missile program have anything to do with the JCPOA…, but also, as reiterated numerous times, it is not in breach of Resolution 2231, either,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi.

“As declared repetitively, our country’s missile capabilities merely fall within the framework of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s legitimate defense program, and [the missiles] are by no means designed to carry nuclear warheads,” he added.

Iran’s top nuclear official has also stressed the Islamic Republic’s strong commitment to the nuclear agreement struck between Iran and six world countries in July 2015, warning the United States about the negative repercussions of violating the deal.

“If the JCPOA is discarded, it will harm everyone,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), in reference to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear agreement.

“We approve of the JCPOA and will not initiate its violation, and we hope they, too, act wisely and don’t violate it,” he said in an exclusive interview with IRIB news agency on Saturday.

Salehi further pointed out that the successful implementation of the JCOPA will serve the interests of Iran, the West, the Middle East as well as the entire international community, warning that its breach will likewise be to the detriment of everyone.

“My perception is that the other side will try to keep the JCPOA intact, because it well knows that the violation of the nuclear accord will harm them before harming us,” Salehi said.

“The first damage to Americans would be that their political credibility, in the gaining of which they have invested heavily, will be tarnished, and they will have to pay dearly if the world comes to realize they have been so non-commitment,” he said.

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