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July 14, 2016 5:33 pm

On One-Year Anniversary of JCPOA: Iranian President Threatens to Withdraw From Nuclear Deal if US Doesn’t Live Up to Commitments

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (left) and President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (left) and President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iran threatened to withdraw from the nuclear deal it signed last July with world powers, the London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Thursday, on the one-year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

According to the report, during a ministerial meeting on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that if the United States doesn’t live up to its commitments in the JCPOA, Tehran would consider its conditions void. He specified that Iran was capable of quickly resuming the level of uranium enrichment it was supposed to cut as part of the deal, in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

As Asharq Al-Awsat reported, under the terms of the JCPOA, which went into effect in January this year, Iran agreed to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium; cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium; and reduce the number of its centrifuges for 13 years.

However, also in January, Iran unveiled a set of centrifuges, which, it claimed, are 15 times more powerful than the ones already in its possession. And on Wednesday, as Rouhani was addressing his government, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) announced that the country’s experts are now in the advanced stages of testing these centrifuges.

As The Algemeiner reported, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi – like Rouhani – underscored Iran’s ability to resume nuclear activity curbed by the JCPOA, signed with China, France, Russia, the UK, the US and Germany, the powers known as the P5+1.

Kamalvandi said, “They have seen how smart our scientists are and we are not therefore concerned about returning to the past conditions and capacities and we are able to develop even more than the past.”

These verbal threats come after months of muscle-flexing from Tehran, in the form of ballistic missile-testing, which it claims, does not constitute a violation of the JCPOA.

Speaking to The Algemeiner last month, a senior official at a Washington, DC-based organization active in the Iran deal debate said the “administration’s earlier dishonesty is being exposed and now they are scrambling to cover it up, and that’s creating its own problems. The Obama administration misled the American people, journalists and lawmakers about the extent of American concessions and about what the Iranians were obligated to do as part of the deal. They overplayed Iranian concessions and underplayed American ones. The administration clearly hoped the Iranians would play along for at least a year or two without pushing the envelope and exposing their dishonesty. However, the Iranians refused to play along because they are actually hardliners who want to undermine American interests.”

Last week, as The Algemeiner reported, the annual findings released by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) revealed that Tehran has been attempting to acquire illicit materials in Germany, “especially goods that can be used in the field of nuclear technology.”

The BfV also pointed to “a further increase in the already considerable procurement efforts in connection with Iran’s ambitious missile technology program which could, among other things, potentially serve to deliver nuclear weapons. Against this backdrop it is safe to expect that Iran will continue its sensitive procurement activities in Germany using clandestine methods to achieve its objectives.”

Earlier this month, during his weekly Friday prayers in Tehran, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Hossein Salami announced that 100,000 “destructive long-range missiles” in the hands of Tehran’s Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah are at the ready to wipe Israel off the map. He made this declaration on July 1, as mass rallies were held across Iran to mark International Quds Day, with people carrying placards and chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” while burning American and Israeli flags.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported, the predominantly Republican US House of Representatives passed legislation to block the purchase of “heavy water” – a non-radioactive byproduct of nuclear energy and weapons production — from Iran.

According to the report, the White House threatened to veto the bill.

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  • nat cheiman

    I think the Iranians should withdraw because Trump will do it anyway

  • Reform School

    Clearly demonstrating Democrats totally lack expertise for The Art of the Deal, when Haman Rouhani delivers Americans his Salami Sandwich, shouldn’t Americans deliver to Persia its Statists Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama?

  • History repeats itself.
    If you examine the western countries behaviour towards Hitler in the 1930’s, you will see the exact same cowardly failure to face the harsh realities now confronting the Western world.
    Obama came back with “Peace in our time”.
    I hope a Churchill soon presents himself, to begin the battle to overcome the Muslim extremist threat to take over the world. Literally. that is their proclaimed aim. And so far, they are succeeding very well.

    • Lance

      Well said, Paul. Unless a ‘Churchill’ steps forward the chances of stopping Iran from its quest will diminish, and we can’t expect that from a Clinton (any Clinton). Trump is another matter, and hopefully his education requiring leadership AND diplomacy as a president will preclude Iran from its promise of Western civilization’s demise.

  • robert davis

    iran threatens to do something it’s already doing. Otherwise why did iran buy those new centrifuges? Anyway whether iran starts making nukes on monday or on tuesday what’s the difference? there is NONE and obanana knows it but he does not care. He wanted an iran with nukes and he got what he wanted and worked hard for. Now the problemis to get rid of them and of course obanana’s alter ego hillovary the only US candidate who offers no other “advantage” than her ovaries to vote for, will follow exactly the same Policy. As to her “experience” it’s Worth NOTHING AT ALL because it’s not what matters in a changing world which takes BRAINS to fight not stupid knowledge of past political details and futilities. She is just a LIAR and a barbie doll.

  • Jak40

    Guess where are made these Centrifuges for Atomic purpose?
    And tell us about serious and real threats from somebody and somewhere else than these Iranian F…..s

  • Nuke them before they Nuke us? Trump is our way to eliminate Islam savagery and hatred. Obama is the main problem in the civilized world as he belongs to the 4th Century world and is happy to sell out America. NO greater disaster, even 9/11, has stuck America, than Obama.
    Ayatollah whatever his name is should reject the agreement now, officially as he never was going to accept it in any case. Death to America is still his goal so now is the time for “Death to Iran”!! Islam is the greatest danger that free men have ever faced. 70 more French people lie dead because of Islam and Iran. How do we say this nicely? There is no way to be ‘politically correct’ when the world is in danger for the dark forces of Islam.

  • ART

    Actually iran has never ratified or signed the agreement. Obama has claimed that the iranians accepted JCPOA but they have ALWAYS rejected any inference that there is any limitation on their nuclear or missile programs. They have actually called Obama a liar

  • The Joint Comprehensive Plan of In-Action should be scrapped because it’s not worth the paper it was printed on. Iran can never be trusted to honor agreements that deter it nuclear program. Because of the Obama Administration’s Iranian appeasement policy, Iran will accelerate its path to nuclear weapons, and be a threat.