Iranian Parliament Speaker: Iran May Quit JCPOA in Few Weeks


Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani blasted US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, and declared that Iran may consider pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in coming weeks.

“It is worth for Iran to wait for a few weeks before pulling out of the nuclear deal to prove to everyone that the country has tried all peaceful ways possible,” Larijani said in the Iranian parliament’s open session on Wednesday and in reaction to Trump’s Tuesday decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.

He underlined that during the few weeks that Iran stays committed to the JCPOA while the US has pulled out, Europe must prove that it is capable of throwing its weight behind settling our issues.

“The American nation has been saddled with an egotistical and amateurish politician,” Larijani said addressing Trump.

“Aren’t such idiotic measures shameful for a country with a claim on global management that even its allies are trying to stop him from taking them and control him”? he added.

The Iranian parliament speaker said that Trump is overjoyed that he is plundering some short-sighted regional countries for the price of ignoring their wicked actions in the region.

“Is it truly a dignified way for Trump to spend all his efforts on destroying everything the previous president of the US has done?” Larijani asked.

He reiterated that while Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal has soared the world’s distrust of the US commitments, the Iranian nation has proved that it will first choose dialog and political ways to settle any disputes.

“It is the United States itself which has endangered the international security by possessing a large arsenal of nuclear bombs and warheads, which the country keeps upgrading constantly.

He underlined that in this situation, Iran has no obligation not to go back to the previous position [in its nuclear program], and said, “With a national consensus, we will give the US and Zionists a response that they will regret.”

In relevant remarks on Tuesday night, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it has ordered his atomic chief to stay on alert to resume suspended nuclear activities, stressing that Tehran will stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with other signatories if only other parties to the deal ensure all its interests and economic merits.

Rouhani’s remarks came on Tuesday shortly after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the six world powers in July 2015.

The Iranian president underlined that Trump’s decision was a historical experience for Iran, and said that the US president has a history of undermining international treaties. President Rouhani reiterated that Iran would remain in the nuclear deal without the US’ presence.

“I have ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to be prepared for resuming nuclear enrichment at the industrial level,” he added.

He further added that from now on everything depends on Iran’s national interests.

“Trump’s decision was the beginning of a psychological war against Iran, our heroic people will not be affected by this psychological attack,” said Rouhani.

Rouhani also noted that from now on the JCPOA is between Iran and the five remaining countries.

He further noted that the Iranian Foreign Ministry would be negotiating with European countries, Russia, and China in the coming weeks.

Meantime, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a strong reaction to President Trump’s move described it as “unlawful withdrawal”, and added that the outcome of further diplomatic efforts will determine Tehran’s response.

“In response to the US persistent violations and unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani, I’ll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”

“In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanctions.”

The announcement came despite massive efforts by the European allies of the US to convince Trump to stay in the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, France, Britain, Russia and China and Germany).

The European Union, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have expressed regret over Trump’s decision about the deal.

Iran has on numerous occasions asserted that its nuclear program is merely peaceful and not meant to make nukes.