Nuclear Chief: Iran reiterates readiness to go back to full JCPOA compliance

Nuclear Chief: Iran reiterates readiness to go back to full JCPOA compliance
# 16 September 2019 19:40 (UTC +04:00)

Iran is ready to go back to fully complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if other parties to the deal fully adhere to it, it does not intend to use weapons of mass destruction, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said on Monday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

According to the official, following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iran has shown "strategic patience for more than a year," but ultimately had to stop implementing some of its commitments to "provide a new window for diplomacy" to save the nuclear deal.

"Although the deal has been praised as an outstanding achievement of years of diplomatic efforts, respective states have failed to go beyond expressing regret ... It should be noted that Iran's partial cessation of its commitments is reversible in case of full and effective implementation of the JCPOA by the remaining parties to the deal," Salehi said.

The official reiterated that "acquiring, producing, stockpiling and eventually the use of weapons of mass destruction is neither legitimate on the religious principles nor envisaged in Iran's defence doctrine."

"Against lifting of the nuclear-related sanctions, Iran has accepted some provisional limitations on its nuclear program and provided an unprecedented level of monitoring and access to the [International Atomic Energy Agency] IAEA in the context of new commitment under the additional protocol and the JCPOA itself. In this regard, it is not worthy that with only 3 percent of the worldwide nuclear facilities, Iran has provided almost 20 percent of all agency's accesses," Salehi added.

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