Thursday, February 25, 2021

“Positive atmospheres” regarding Iran’s nuclear file … and Zarif warns the occupation


Iran confirmed an “important achievement” in the talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, in conjunction with the renewal of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his country’s warnings to the occupation against carrying out a military attack.

On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the visit of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, led to an “important achievement” on the eve of the entry into force of a law limiting inspections.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saeed Khatibzadeh, told reporters that the meetings of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency “led to an important diplomatic achievement and an important technical achievement.”

In this context, the Iranian parliament will hold a closed meeting, on Monday, to discuss the agreement signed on Sunday between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Muhammad Baqir Qalibaf, said, “According to the parliament law, the additional protocol will stop working on February 23 completely.”

He added that “any searches outside the safeguards agreement are prohibited and illegal.”

Qalibaf pointed out that “according to Article 7 of the law, any cooperation with the IAEA outside the safeguards agreement in the future requires the approval of Parliament, and Article 9 of the law guarantees its strict application.”

However, this atmosphere is soured by opposition in Parliament to proceed with cooperation beyond the legal ceiling.

On Sunday, 226 deputies signed a statement, stressing the necessity of stopping the implementation of the additional protocol of the nuclear agreement on February 23, while the new agreement with the IAEA provides for the continuation of Iranian cooperation with it.

Confirmation of Tehran’s positions

In a television interview, the Iranian foreign minister renewed his country’s regional positions, especially the Israeli occupation’s warning against attacking his country over its nuclear program.

In an interview with the Lebanese Al-Manar channel, Zarif said, “Any Israeli attack on Iran will be tantamount to suicide.”

Read also: Zarif: We are not seeking a nuclear weapon and saving the agreement by lifting the sanctions

He continued: “The mistake of our neighbors is that they allowed Israel to transfer the conflict to their lands. It will rob them of security and will not take the initiative to defend them.”

Zarif considered that “the region’s problem is that its countries place their hopes on the outside more than on the inside.”

He added, “Saudi Arabia cannot achieve a military victory, and it cannot obtain through negotiations what it has failed militarily.”

On the other hand, he believed that “if US President Joe Biden continues the approach of his predecessor, Donald Trump, he will not get anything from Iran.”

He pointed out that “the United States has not implemented any article in the nuclear agreement in four years.”

Zarif said, “Iran’s goal in Syria is to fight terrorism, and Israel must realize that the policies of supporting terrorist groups will not remain unanswered.”

Regarding the Lebanese file, he said: “We made proposals to assist Lebanon after the port explosion incident, but American pressure prevented that.”

He continued, “Tehran is working to help the Lebanese people to reach an agreement between them.” He said, “We cannot impose any agreement on the Lebanese, and no one has the ability to do so.”





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