Wash­ing­ton’s ‘delu­sion­ary neg­a­tive pos­tures do not au­gur well’ for fu­ture: Salehi

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

The head of Iran’s nu­clear or­ga­ni­za­tion on Tues­day warned the United States against un­der­min­ing the 2015 nu­clear deal, say­ing in­ter­na­tional non­pro­lif­er­a­tion ef­forts as well as Wash­ing­ton’s global stand­ing would suf­fer.

Ali Ak­bar Salehi told an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Paris on en­hanc­ing nu­clear safety that Wash­ing­ton’s re­cent “delu­sion­ary neg­a­tive pos­tures do not au­gur well” for keep­ing the deal in­tact, the In­de­pen­dent re­ported.

He said Iran didn’t want to see the deal un­ravel but that “much more is at stake for the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity than the na­tional in­ter­ests of Iran.”

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is set to de­liver a speech on Iran this week in which he is ex­pected to de­cline to cer­tify Iran’s com­pli­ance in the land­mark 2015 agree­ment, re­fer­ring it to Congress, and per­haps tar­get­ing the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guards Corps with new sanc­tions.

Salehi praised the progress that had been made since the 2015 deal, say­ing non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and dis­ar­ma­ment ef­forts had ben­e­fited world­wide. He called it “sim­ply too pre­cious to be al­lowed to be un­der­mined or weak­ened.”

“The fail­ure of the nu­clear deal will un­der­mine the po­lit­i­cal cred­i­bil­ity and in­ter­na­tional stature of the U.S. in this tumultuous po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” Sal­hehi warned. He con­cluded that he hoped “com­mon sense shall pre­vail.” On Mon­day, the Euro­pean Union’s for­eign pol­icy chief, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, praised the 2015 deal as a “win-win” so­lu­tion that was work­ing.

“We pre­vented a dan­ger­ous dev­as­tat­ing mil­i­tary es­ca­la­tion,” she told the con­fer­ence via video mes­sage, adding that the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency had cer­ti­fied Iran’s com­pli­ance with the deal, in­clud­ing via in­spec­tions, eight times since it was signed.

Blix says quit­ting nu­clear deal will be new af­front to UN

For­mer UN weapons in­spec­tor Hans Blix also warned Mon­day that a U.S. with­drawal from the Iran nu­clear deal would be a new af­front to the United Na­tions.

“If Mr. Trump cares for the author­ity of the United Na­tions then he can­not pull back uni­lat­er­ally from that agree­ment,” Blix said in Paris.

The Swedish for­mer di­plo­mat headed the in­spec­tion team that found no proof of weapons of mass de­struc­tion in Iraq in 2002-03 as the United States was poised to in­vade the coun­try.

Then Pres­i­dent George W. Bush and his gov­ern­ment in­sisted that Iraqi dic­ta­tor Sad­dam Hus­sein had chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons and was de­vel­op­ing nu­clear arms.

Blix was speak­ing on the side­lines of a two-day In­ter­na­tional Lux­em­bourg Fo­rum on Pre­vent­ing Nu­clear Catas­tro­phe that started in Paris on Mon­day.

“I am a bit puz­zled by Trump’s lonely at­ti­tude... be­cause the pres­i­dent has voiced his great dis­ap­proval” of the Iran deal in the face of “al­most the unan­i­mous in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity stand­ing in fa­vor of it,” he noted, ac­cord­ing to AFP.

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