Iran urges Trump to stick to agree­ments

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Iran’s for­eign min­is­ter called yes­ter­day on US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump to stick to in­ter­na­tional agree­ments fol­low­ing his threats dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign to tear up a nu­clear deal with Tehran. “Ev­ery US pres­i­dent has to un­der­stand the re­al­i­ties of to­day’s world. The most important thing is that the fu­ture US pres­i­dent stick to agree­ments, to en­gage­ments un­der­taken,” Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said in Ro­ma­nia.

Trump has vowed to rip up last year’s deal with world pow­ers which lifted in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions in return for curbs on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram. Tehran in­sists its nu­clear pro­gram is peace­ful and has so far met its obli­ga­tions un­der the deal, but supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei has said he would hap­pily “burn” the agree­ment if Trump de­cides to tear it up. Some Ira­ni­ans be­lieve the US pres­i­dent-elect will not make good on his threat.

“The Trump of the cam­paign is dif­fer­ent to Trump the pres­i­dent,” said Al­laed­dine Boru­jerdi, chair­man of par­lia­ment’s for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee.”It is nat­u­ral that the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent is con­strained by in­ter­na­tional rules and must ap­ply them, no­tably on the nu­clear deal,” the ISNA news agency quoted him as say­ing. Iran’s Atomic En­ergy Or­ga­ni­za­tion said it was pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity. “We have de­fined our nu­clear pro­gram in such a way that we can con­tinue in any sit­u­a­tion,” spokesman Behrouz Ka­mal­vandi told the state broad­caster. The deputy com­man­der of the elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards, Hos­sein Salami, said it made no dif­fer­ence to Iran who was in the White House.

“When the Repub­li­cans were in power, they threat­ened us and showed their hos­til­ity... and when the Democrats were in power, the poli­cies of the United States were the same,” Salami told the Fars news agency. Iran says the United States has not stuck to the spirit of the nu­clear deal since it came into force in Jan­uary, be­cause a raft of uni­lat­eral US sanc­tions re­main in place that have left it frozen out of the in­ter­na­tional bank­ing sys­tem. The US Congress is due to vote next month on whether to re­new those sanc­tions, which are linked to Iran’s hu­man rights record and bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests. — AFP

BUCHAREST: Ro­ma­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Lazar Co­manescu (right) and the For­eign Min­is­ter of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran, Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif sign bi-lat­eral doc­u­ments at the Ro­ma­nian For­eign Min­istry in Bucharest yes­ter­day. — AFP

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