At the same time, the Iranian President called on European powers to avoid making mistakes as the United States violated the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCOPA) – the historic nuclear agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5 + Group 1 (consisting of Chinese, Russian, English, French, American, and German).
According to the Iranian President’s website, Hassan Rouhani stated: “We have never sought a nuclear weapon … With or without a nuclear deal, we will never find a way to equip it. Nuclear weapons … European powers will be responsible for the consequences of breaching the agreement. “
Responding to Washington’s withdrawal from JCOPA in 2018 and re-imposing sanctions, forcing Tehran to gradually close its commitments in the deal, President Rouhani said Iran remained committed to JCOPA and could reverse the steps. If the parties to the agreement fully comply with the commitment.
Earlier, on January 20, Iran announced that it would consider withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if a dispute related to its nuclear program was brought to the Joint Security Council. United Nations (UN Security Council).
Last week, Britain, France and Germany triggered a dispute resolution process under JCOPA claiming that Tehran had violated the agreement. If it is not resolved before the joint committee, the matter will continue to be raised to an advisory board and may eventually reach the UN Security Council, leading to re-imposition of UN sanctions on Tehran. Iran has accused European countries of not taking any action against the unilateral withdrawal of the United States and re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran.
The official website of the Iranian National Assembly quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that the new move of European countries “has no legal basis” and if these parties continue to go further, Iran will consider withdrawing. NPT. Iranian Foreign Minister also affirmed that the country has stopped taking steps to narrow the commitment to comply with the nuclear agreement signed in 2015. If the European countries return to comply with the commitments, Iran will also stop working. reduce commitments. On the contrary, if these countries continue to move like last time, Iran will have other options
According to JCPOA, Iran agreed to restrict the nuclear program that the West worried could lead to the development of a nuclear bomb. In return, Western nations agreed to lift all sanctions on Tehran. However, the deal gradually weakened after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and re-imposed sanctions on Iran since May 2018. A year later, Tehran continued to take steps to narrow its commitment to comply with the agreement, namely to increase uranium enrichment. In early 2020, US-Iran tensions continued to escalate after the US air attack on Baghdad International Airport, killing a senior Iranian Commander Qasem Soleimani. Tehran soon responded with a missile strike on two bases with US and international troops stationed in Iraq.