מוחמד זריף, שר החוץ של איראן
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Zarif: Iran will quit NPT if nuclear issue referred to UN

Despite threat, Tehran says it has not ruled out talks to end row over violations of 2015 international agreement after Britain, France, and Germany trigger a dispute mechanism, citing Iranian breaches; move starts a diplomatic process that could lead to United Nations sanctions being reimposed

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Published: 01.20.20 , 12:29
If Iran is reported to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear activity, then Tehran will withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency.
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  • "If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran's file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT," IRNA quoted Zarif as saying.
    מוחמד זריף, שר החוץ של איראן מוחמד זריף, שר החוץ של איראן
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
    (Photo: AFP)
    His comments came as a Foreign Ministry official said that the country had not closed the "door to negotiations" in efforts to resolve a dispute over its nuclear agreement with world powers that has escalated steadily since the United States withdrew from the deal in 2018.
    Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said any further move by Tehran to scale back its commitments to the deal would depend on actions by other parties after European states triggered a mechanism that could lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions.
    Iran has gradually stepped back from its obligations to the 2015 deal, under which Tehran secured sanctions relief in return for limiting its nuclear work after Washington quit the agreement and then imposed stringent U.S. sanctions.
    Britain, France, and Germany, also signatories to the pact, triggered a dispute mechanism this month, citing Iranian violations. This starts a diplomatic process that could lead to UN sanctions being reimposed.
    נשיא איראן חסן רוחאני בסיור באחד הכורים הגרעיניים במדינה במסגרת "יום הטכנולוגיה הגרעינית" באיראן באפריל האחרוןנשיא איראן חסן רוחאני בסיור באחד הכורים הגרעיניים במדינה במסגרת "יום הטכנולוגיה הגרעינית" באיראן באפריל האחרון
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits one of the country's nuclear facilities
    (Photo: AFP)
    "Tehran still remains in the deal... The European powers' claims about Iran violating the deal are unfounded," Mousavi told a weekly news conference in Tehran, saying that the "door to negotiations" had not been closed.
    "Whether Iran will further decrease its nuclear commitments will depend on other parties and whether Iran's interests are secured under the deal," Mousavi said.
    U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and began a policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran, saying he wanted a new deal that would cover nuclear issues, Iran's ballistic missile program, and Iranian activities in the Middle East.
    Britain has said a "Trump deal" could replace the 2015 agreement and France has called for broad talks to end a crisis with the United States, which briefly erupted into tit-for-tat U.S.-Iranian military action this month.
    Mousavi repeated Iran's rejection of a "Trump deal." Iranian officials have said Trump could not be trusted, so such a deal would not have any value.

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