Iran will not forsake rights if West violates Geneva deal: Salehi
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country will not compromise on its rights should the Western side renege on the nuclear deal recently struck with Tehran.
“If the Western side violates the provisions of the agreement, we will continue on our path and will not back down from our right,” Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters after meeting a number of Grand Ayatollahs in the city of Qom on Thursday.
Salehi, however, expressed hope that the agreement signed between Iran and six major world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva will be fully implemented.
Iran will remain committed to its obligations, but will not renounce its rights enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the AEOI chief underscored.
On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany inked an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the full resolution of the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
As part of the Geneva deal, it was agreed that in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the country would be provided with a certain amount of sanctions relief and no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on the country for six months.
Iran will be a winner whether or not the Western side lives up to its commitments, said Salehi, adding that Tehran has proven to the global community that it is committed to its obligations.
“If the Western side breaches the agreement, the world public opinion will see who it was that sought excuses to break the agreement,” he added.
The top Iranian nuclear official said the world has come to the conclusion that neither pressure nor threats can force the Islamic Republic to abandon its demands and that the country is resolute in safeguarding its national interests.