TEHRAN (Iran News) – A senior Iranian security official says the country’s nuclear right cannot be circumscribed by any agreement.
“Iran’s legal right to continue research and development work and maintain its peaceful nuclear capabilities and accomplishments as well as to ensure its safety against supported wicked acts cannot be restricted with any agreement,” said Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani in a tweet.
Moreover, he had already made a tweet about reports that contact with the American delegation to the Vienna talks has, so far, been made via unofficial exchanges and that there has not been, and will not be any need for anything beyond that.
“This method will be replaced with other methods only when a good deal is close at hand,” he had explained.
Iran and the P 4+1 group, namely Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, are engaged in talks in the Austrian capital Vienna in a bid to revive the 2015 nuclear deal – JCPOA- and a possible return of the US to the agreement.
The U.S., under former President Donald Trump, withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, leaving the internationally-recognized deal in tatters.
Meanwhile in reaction to the restoration of sanction waivers to some countries cooperating with Iran, Ulyanov said that the U.S. maximum pressure policy remains the major factor in the advancement of the Iranian nuclear program.
The U.S. restoring sanctions waivers to Iran which allowed it to use the assistance of other countries in the sphere of nuclear energy may slow down the implementation of Iran’s nuclear program, Russian Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Saturday, TASS reported.
“Clear provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal are totally misinterpreted by opponents. The US maximum pressure policy remains the major factor in the advancement of the Iranian nuclear programme. Probably waivers can slow it down,” he wrote on Twitter.
On Friday, a high-ranking U.S. State Department official reported that the US administration made a decision to restore the sanctions waivers which allowed Iran to receive assistance on peaceful nuclear projects from other countries, including Russia. The official stressed that the waiver “is not a concession to Iran,” nor is it “a signal that we are about to reach an understanding on a mutual return to full implementation of the” Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
This is while some believe that the move by the Biden administration is in fact in line with the White House’s “blame game” and cannot have economic positive effects on Iran’s economy.