JCPOA's exit to affect UNSC credibility: Ex-Iran envoy

Islamabad, Oct 16, IRNA -- Former Ambassador of Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned that possible failure of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the wake of Washington's actions would affect credibility of the UN Security Council.

Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the remarks at a two-day international conference on Impact of the non-commitment of the JCPOA on Regional and Global Security organized by the Strategic Studies Institute in Islamabad.

He said President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA is undoubtedly in full contravention with the JCPOA, the UNSC Resolution 2231, and fully disregards multilateralism. He went on to say that such act would have negative impact on regional security also.

Former envoy to the IAEA said had the Islamic Republic of Iran not considered chemical weapons religiously forbidden, it could have retaliated Sadam chemical weapons.

“Had Iran withdrawn from NPT after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, since this discriminatory treaty, diving countries into “Haves and Have nots” was ratified by the previous regime, Iran would have not had political pressure, resolution, and sanctions until 2015,” he noted.

He said of the Islamic Republic of Iran considereds having nuclear weapons religiously forbidden despite having top scientists and masters of nuclear fuel cycle, specifically in the field of enrichment.

“Had Iran not trusted United State during negotiation with P5+1, and had not made historical concession, which led to the JCPOA, the most robust non-proliferation verification regime, Iran would not have faced the current status of re-imposed sanctions,” viewed the expert.

He added with over 8000 man/day inspection, over 100 unannounced inspections, no evidence of diversion from nuclear material to prohibited purposes were found.

The Group 5+1, EU3 +3 finally came to the conclusion that there was no other choice than recognition of “in-alienable right” of Iran for peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including enrichment and to look for negotiated solution.

He said that possible failure of the JCPOA would be a serious setback for global Non-proliferation, including NPT.

“Permanent global mistrust vis-à-vis the US for any future deal by any other country on any topic, specifically international security,” he said.

He said science tells us there is always a saturation point for imposed pressure.

“Patience of Iranian tolerating discrimination and unjust treatment has surely a limit. While the reactions will not contradict the principles it has always been committed to, but would surely lead to consequences that those hostile to Noble Nation of Iran will regret,” said Ali Asghar Soltanieh.

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