Iran to take further nuclear steps if its interests are not secured: Deputy FM
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister said the Islamic Republic will continue reducing its commitments from the 2015 nuclear deal if the other signatories fail to secure Iran's interests.
Iran Press/Asia: Iran pursued its strategic patience, but Europe failed to implement its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Seyyed Abbas Araghchi told a conference on non-proliferation in Moscow on Saturday.
He said that the US couldn't achieve its targets by withdrawing from the JCPOA and Iran will take further steps if Europe's indifference and inaction continue.
If the US stops its failed policy of sanctions and returns to JCPOA, said the chief nuclear negotiator, Iran will also restore its previous commitments.
Araghchi's comments came after a series of reciprocal actions by Iran on reducing its commitments under the JCPOA. In the latest development, Iran said it injected gas into centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear facility under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He said Iran was investigating an attack on its oil tanker in the Red Sea and was ready to respond in proper time and place.
Also speaking in the conference, Director of Chinese Foreign Ministry Department of Arms Control Fu Cong said Beijing regarded the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal as a move to create a crisis and fan tension.
As a signatory to the JCPOA, China has expressed its support to the nuclear deal and urged all sides to abide by their commitments to the pact.
The 2019 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference titled 'Nuclear Energy, Disarmament and Nonproliferation' began on Friday with the participation of ministers and officials from 40 countries as well as several international bodies including International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), and United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).