“Our nuclear program is peace and the supreme leader has banned nuclear weapons, but if they push Iran in that direction, it’s not Iran’s fault,” said Iran’s intelligence minister. are the people who promote it. ”
Mr. Mahmoud Alavi also added that Iran does not have a plan to develop nuclear weapons in the current circumstances, but with the current tensions there is no guarantee this reality will be maintained in the future.
An Iranian religious ordinance in 1990 made the development and production of nuclear weapons banned. The Iranian government has repeatedly asserted for many years that the country’s nuclear program is only for the purpose of peace and for scientific purposes.
Photo: Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani (right) and head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, oversee nuclear development in April 2019. (Source: AFP)
Mahmoud Alavi ‘s statement is a rare occasion when an Iranian government official takes a different view from Tehran’s usual statements about its nuclear program. This is also very likely the way that Iran shows a tough, non-concessional stance in the context of disagreements between countries on Iran’s nuclear program tending to increase recently.
Iran’s nuclear problem has been one of the major challenges facing US President Joe Biden from the moment he took office.
In response to former President Donald Trump’s so-called “maximum pressure” campaign, Iran failed to comply with commitments under the nuclear deal that began with uranium enrichment beyond the deal’s rules. agreement was reached in 2015. At the beginning of this year, Iran took a more drastic move when it launched research and development to produce uranium metal – an important component of nuclear warheads.
In parallel with violating the agreements, Iran asserted that all violations it committed could easily be overcome if Western countries showed goodwill in complying with the agreements. be in 2015.
On Sunday (Feb. 7), Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the United States to lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to comply with its commitments in the 2015 nuclear agreement with world power. However, US President Joe Biden replied that the country would not take any action if Iran acted in good faith.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in an essay broadcast on Iranian state television recently reiterated that the US first respects the agreements if it wants Iran to comply with the agreements it has reached. The President of Iran said: “Whenever the US continues to implement its commitments under the nuclear agreement, we will fulfill our commitments under the agreement.”