Iran's ‘various scenarios’ awaiting Trump’s JCPOA move
Iran is considering “various scenarios” in response to US President Donald Trump’s “probable withdrawal” from the international nuclear deal between Tehran and the 5+1 group.
According to Press TV, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi made the remarks on Wednesday following a meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London.
Iran has “prepared itself for various scenarios,” and will undoubtedly deliver a proper response, Salehi stated.
Trump’s administration, which took over a year after the nuclear agreement had come into force, has repeatedly attacked the agreement and desperately sought a pretext to scrap or weaken the deal.
While the Trump administration has twice certified Iranian compliance with the deal in notifications to the US Congress under an American law, the White House has indicated that a third verification — due later this week — would not be offered.
Salehi went on to say that Iran hopes the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will remain as it has until today and "be rid of irrational games.”
“The European Union has so far indicted that it is willing to preserve the JCPOA but whether or not it can resist the US is unpredictable,” he added.
Salehi stressed that Iran seeks preservation of the JCPOA “but not at any price.”
“There are only two cases: either all [parties] withdraw from the JCPOA or everyone stays [committed to] to it. There is no third alternative,” he noted.
He further noted that the US appears to be suffering from “political confusion” and it does not know what it wants.
Several US politicians, including key lawmakers such as Ed Royce, the Republican Chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, have voiced support for staying committed to the accord.
The reason for that is “simply because the agreement is totally verifiable,” according to former US Senate candidate Mark Dankof.
“It is in the interest of everyone involved, including the United States, to be a party to this agreement,” he told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.
Dankof cited the US intelligence community’s corroboration of Iran’s compliance to the deal as well as the pursuit of a peaceful nuclear program, arguing that reneging on the deal is nothing but “bad policy.”
The US president is expected to “decertify” the nuclear agreement during a speech on Thursday.