Of­fi­cial dis­cusses nu­clear pact

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Iran’s for­eign min­is­ter said that Tehran would be able to re­turn to its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties if the West with­draws from a pact that is to be com­pleted in June.

For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif, said in a TV in­ter­view that Iran has the power to take “cor­re­spond­ing ac­tion” and “will be able to re­turn” its nu­clear pro­gram to the same level if the other side fails to honor the agree­ment.

“All par­ties to the agree­ment can stop their ac­tions in case of vi­o­la­tion of the agree­ment by the other party,” Zarif said.

Zarif said the frame­work nu­clear deal an­nounced Thurs­day in Switzer­land by Iran and six world pow­ers was not bind­ing un­til a fi­nal agree­ment is worked out by a June 30 dead­line. His re­marks ap­pear aimed at re­as­sur­ing hard-lin­ers.

Zarif said Iran is “com­mit­ted” to im­ple­ment­ing its part of any fi­nal agree­ment pro­vid­ing West­ern coun­tries ful­fill their prom­ises. He said Iran wants to have a “mod­er­ate, con­struc­tive and proud pres­ence” in the world.

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