Khamenei Imposes Conditions on Implementation of Nuclear Deal in Letter to Rouhani
Iran’s chief imam sent a letter to his puppet president, in which he laid out conditions and limitations on the implementation of the nuclear deal signed with Western powers, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported.
Though Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei approved the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Wednesday, he wanted to make it clear to President Hassan Rouhani that there were caveats.
He opened his letter by lauding the efforts of Iranian negotiators in securing the JCPOA, and the parliamentarians, critics and members of the media who subsequently scrutinized it.
He also asserted that despite the Iranian negotiators’ constant “vigilance against the U.S. administration’s plots,” during the session, the JCPOA still suffered from weakness and ambiguity which, if exploited by the Americans, could lead to great losses for Iran. He then outlined for Rouhani nine ways in which to remedy the disadvantage at which the JCPOA placed Iran.
He stressed the need for strong guarantees from the United States and the European Union on lifting sanctions and refraining from violating their commitments.
Khamenei added that if the West imposed any sanctions on Iran, at any level and for any reason, over the course of the next eight years, Tehran would consider this to be a violation of the JCPOA, freeing Iran from its own commitments under the deal.
After the International Atomic Energy Organization ended its investigation into “Possible Military Dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program, Iran would allow the renovation of its Arak plant, on condition that it would remain capable of producing heavy water, and only after adequate Western guarantees were provided, wrote Khamenei.
Khamenei also told Rouhani that Iran would not begin the proposed exchange of its enriched uranium for yellow cake from a foreign government until a contract acceptable to Iran was signed. In any case, such a process would be implemented gradually and in several phases.
He added an order to the Iranian parliament to put together a 15-year plan for the development of Iran’s nuclear energy, at the end of which Iran would have 190,000 SWUs (Separative Working Units).
Khamenei also ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to engage in a process of nuclear research and development, so that by the end of the eight-year term, Iran’s JCPOA-compliant enrichment capacity and technology would not be lacking.
In addition, he stressed that “the other side’s” interpretations of ambiguities in the JCPOA should not be accepted. Instead, Iran should rely on the texts of the negotiations.
To that end, “Because of the possibility of dishonesty, violation, and deception from the other side, particularly America,” Khamenei ordered the creation of a “strong and knowledgeable team” to observe and monitor the progress of the implementation of the JCPOA by Iran’s partners to the deal.
He concluded the letter by calling on Rouhani and other relevant Iranian officials to ensure not only the removal of sanctions, but also the improvement in Iran’s “Resistance Economy” and raising the standard of living of the average Iranian citizen. But, he emphasized, “Under all circumstances, [Iran] must avoid the importation of any basic consumer goods from America.”