Tehran (IP) - Iranian Foreign Minister addressed JCPOA partners and said: "If the signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, don’t fulfill their obligations, the parliament law of 'Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions and Protect the Rights of the Iranian Nation' will be implemented."

Iran Press/Iran news: Speaking via videoconferencing at the sixth edition of the international meeting of the "Mediterranean Dialogue" known as MED 2020 on Thursday, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Tehran would not renegotiate the deal it had previously negotiated.

Zarif added: "Europe and the United States must be committed to their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the United States is not in a position to consider conditions in this regard."

He pointed out: "If the signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, do not fulfill their obligations, the parliament' law dubbed as the 'Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions and Protect the Rights of the Iranian Nation' will be implemented."

According to the 9-article law, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) will be required to produce and store at least 120 kilograms of enriched uranium with 20 percent purity at the Fordow nuclear facility every year and to fulfill the country’s peaceful industrial demands.

It will oblige the AEOI to increase the monthly output of enriched uranium for various peaceful purposes with different purity levels by at least 500 kg.

The bill entails uranium enrichment activities with at least 1,000 IR-2M centrifuge machines at Natanz within three months after the ratification of the law and compels the AEOI to launch uranium enrichment as well as research and development activities with at least 164 IR-6 centrifuges and increase the number of centrifuge machines to 1,000 within a year after the ratification of the law.

The new law also necessitates the inauguration of a metallic uranium factory in Isfahan within 5 months and restoration of a 40-Megawatts heavy water reactor in Arak, which was supposed to be re-designed and optimized under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The law requires the government to prevent any foreign access and monitoring beyond the Additional Protocol.

The bill also requires the government to suspend the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) three months after the ratification of it if the parties to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers failed to uphold their obligations under the JCPOA.

Zarif added that Western countries supplied more than $100 billion in weapons to the West Asian region and supported Israeli terrorism.

Regarding the inaction of European countries in response to the assassination of Iranian top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: "Some countries condemned this action, but three European Union countries (France, Britain, and Germany) did not condemn this terrorist act."

Zarif referred to the inhumane measures taken by the United States to hinder Tehran's access to medical facilities, saying: "The United States is even hindering Iran's access to financial resources to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine, while these crimes against humanity are taking place in the last days of the Donald Trump administration."

Iran's top diplomat went on to say that some Iranian citizens in Europe and the United States are being detained illegally, stressing Tehran's readiness to exchange prisoners. 

The Mediterranean Dialogue in Italy is a global conference in which officials and representatives worldwide, including government officials, entrepreneurs, civil society, university professors, and the mass media, attend each year to discuss the Mediterranean and other important international issues.

This year, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, this meeting is being held virtually.


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