Feb 22, 2019 09:44 Asia/Tehran

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi has said Tehran has the technological capability to restore the pre-JCPOA nuclear program.

Iran Press/Iran news: Ali Akbar Salehi emphasized on Thursday that Iran has the technological power to return to the pre-JCPOA situation, according to an Iran Press report.

Iran’s ballistic missile issue not negotiable

In an interview with Al-Jazeera and responding to criticisms about Iran’s missile power, Salehi stressed that Iran’s purely-defensive ballistic missile program is non-negotiable.

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Iran and Warsaw Conference

Describing the 'Warsaw Conference' and attempts made against Iran as doomed to failure, he said: "We attach no significance to the conference in Warsaw and deem it inconclusive," he reiterated.

Recalling the failure of American officials and Zionist regime’s prime minister in the conference, which attempted to promote Iranophobia, he said that they reached no decision about Iran and this was a big disgrace for them.

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The US sanctions against Iran as an opportunity

Highlighting Iran’s capabilities for bypassing US sanctions, Salehi said: “True, we have economic problems, but given self-sufficiency in many areas, we have the potential to leave behind the situation. We have gained much experience over the past 40 years and sanctions are not something new and Iran has got stronger over the past years,” he said.

Salehi reiterated that Iran will not surrender to foreign pressures, as it has reached self-sufficiency in many different fields.

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Europian's commitment toward JCPOA

Calling for European countries’ adherence to their commitments under JCPOA, Salehi said the Europeans have taken the first step, but they should take further steps and fulfill the promises they gave as part of JCPOA. 

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Iran's foreign policy in the region

Elsewhere in his interview, he dealt with certain countries’ criticisms regarding Iran’s regional policies, especially vis-a-vis Syria, saying that Iran has been standing alongside the Syrian nation and government and its presence in the country was at their request.

Salehi reiterated that Iran did not accidentally enter Syria and after these years it became clear who was right and who was wrong.

"The Syrian people are now aware and have a brilliant future," he added.

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"Iran wants nothing but goodness for Persian Gulf states," Salehi said, noting that Iran favors stability and security in the region but they think otherwise.

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