Iran criticizes US, Germany, UN head on nuclear issue

Iran’s top nuclear official criticized the latest statements of Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany as well as Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations, saying that their latest statements is doubtful and imply conspiracy, IRNA reported July 9.

Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) also criticized US, warning the United States about the negative repercussions of violating the deal.

Merkel told the parliament in Berlin on June 8 that missile launches by Iran earlier this year were inconsistent with a U.N. resolution urging it to refrain for up to eight years from missile work designed to deliver nuclear weapons, Reuters reported.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency earlier said that Iran has attempted to purchase nuclear-related equipments illegally from this country 141 times during 2015 to obtain the nuclear equipments, while the attempts have been continued even after nuclear deal, achieved in mid 2015 and commenced in January 2016.

On Friday, Iran also rejected as “unrealistic” a report by Ban Ki-moon criticizing its missile launches as inconsistent with its deal with world powers to curb sensitive nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief.

Salehi said that AEOI has not needed to purchase nuclear equipments from black markets, because there are legal ways, considered in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to achieve them though the legal channels.

“We approve of the JCPOA and will not initiate its violation, and we hope they, too, act wisely and don’t violate it,” he said in an exclusive interview with IRIB news agency on Saturday.

However, many large European banks still refrain from engaging in transactions with Iran for fear of US penalties.

“My perception is that the other side will try to keep the JCPOA intact, because it well knows that the violation of the nuclear accord will harm them before harming us,” Salehi said.

“The first damage to Americans would be that their political credibility, in the gaining of which they have invested heavily, will be tarnished, and they will have to pay dearly if the world comes to realize they have been so non-commitment,” he said.

Source: Trend