Iranian Ambassador to UK talks to CNN
As clock is ticking towards May 12 deadline for US President Donald Trump’s announcement about the future course of his administration towards Iran nuclear deal, known as Joint comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran is also preparing itself to react to the situation arising out of possible US withdrawal from the multilateral deal.
Iran’s ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad has clearly stated, while talking to CNN’s veteran Iran-born journalist Christiane Amanpour in London on Wednesday said that the US withdrawal from the deal will result in its termination. However, he assured that whatever would be Tehran’s reaction, it would not be related to the development of nuclear weapon.
He said, “When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left. Because an important party of the treaty has abrogated and violated the treaty in clear terms.”
CNN aired the exclusive interview on Wednesday. This was the first major interview by a representative of Iranian government after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelations of Iran’s alleged “lying” on its nuclear project.
The Iranian diplomat said, “The consequence would be that Iran would in fact be ready to go back to the previous situation. It could be enriching uranium, it could be redefining our cooperation with the agency [IAEA], and some other activities that are under consideration.”
Baeidinejad stressed that whatever Iran’s counter move would be it would not concern the development of nuclear weapons.
Earlier in the day, China stressed that all sides should continue to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement amid threats by the United States and efforts by the Israeli regime to kill the landmark deal.
US President Donald Trump has to take a call on May 12, a deadline to decide whether to continue waiving sanctions on Iran—in essence to decide if the US should remain in the multilateral agreement.
Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State said on Tuesday that administration is “deciding on the next steps for the flawed [deal].”
Trump has suggested that JCPOA needs to be renegotiated. French President Emanuel Macron, has said on Wednesday that it was “not sufficient.” Earlier, while addressing joint press conference in White House with Donald Trump recently, French President said that a new agreement is required for resolving the issue.
There are no diplomatic relations between US and Iran since Islamic Revolution in 1979. Hence CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour had to fly to London for the exclusive interview with Iranian ambassador. Iran also does not recognise Israel as a state and hence no diplomatic ties exist between the two.
After the Islamic revolution Iran had closed Israeli embassy in Tehran and gave it Palestinians with full diplomatic status.