Iran Reiterates Ultimatum: Stop Looking Into Military Dimensions of Nuclear Program or Deal Is Off
Iranian media reported on Sunday that Tehran is reiterating its ultimatum about canceling the nuclear deal if there is a probe into the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of its nuclear program.
According to the pro-regime Tasnim News Agency, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — who served as chief negotiator during talks with the P5+1 leading up to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — said in a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart that Iran would not implement the JCPOA before the PMD investigation ended.
Zarif, who said these were instructions from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, also called the investigation misguided, claiming his country’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful.
Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, echoed Zarif’s remarks, saying that the PMD case had to be closed before the JCPOA would take effect. “They [the West] have to decide between the implementation of the JCPOA or leaving the PMD case open,” Shamkhani said in response to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s comments that the IAEA’s report on Iran’s PMD would not be “black and white.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also said that Iran would implement the JCPOA only if the “members of the P5+1 and the International Atomic Energy Agency remain committed,” to their obligations under the deal.