Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran will never seek nuclear weapons: President Rouhani

Iran will never seek nuclear weapons: President Rouhani

However, they have launched a dispute mechanism this month on the 2015 nuclear deal holding Iran responsible for violation of the deal which had lost its significance after the US' withdrawal.

Emphasizing that economic power is impossible without political power, Rouhani said, "We can not cut our relations and interaction with the world and at the same time gain economic power".

"It was argued that it is possible for some to take Iran's file to the Security Council ... I am emphasizing that if the Europeans make a mistake and violate the deal, they will be responsible for the consequences of their actions".

"The Iranian president said that if the United States or any party tries to send Iran's nuclear program to the UN Security Council, then Iran will make tougher decisions and one of them will be withdrawal from NPT", Vaezi said.

The US wanted to economically squeeze Iran by unilaterally withdrawing from the deal in 2018 and imposed economic sanctions on the Islamic nation.

Under pressure from Washington, Berlin, London and Paris did not adhere to the stipulations of the JCPOA after the withdrawal of the United States government in May 2018.

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The three European powers have shown greater readiness to work toward what the British prime minister dubbed a "Trump deal".

The European countries failed to protect Iran's benefits from the deal and after patiently watching for more than a year and seeing no clear action from the European signatories of the nuclear deal, Iran started to partially reduce its commitments.

Iran has always insisted its nuclear program was only for peaceful purposes, pointing to monitoring of its work by the United Nations watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "If we want to increase our production, we need to have other markets".

In the tense aftermath, Iran's military shot down an airliner by mistake, igniting protests at home and adding to pressure on Tehran from overseas.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated Europe accepted press from Washington by introducing the disagreement system in the nuclear pact. He cited a threat of USA tariffs if European capitals did not take action. "The EU would do better to exercise its sovereignty".

"We state openly that if the European powers, for any reason, adopt an unfair approach in using the dispute mechanism, we will seriously reconsider our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency", state TELEVISION priced estimate Larijani as claiming.

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