Iran threatens to leave NPT if nuke case sent to UNSC

Iran threatens to leave NPT if nuke case sent to UNSC

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Tehran, Jan 20 : Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the Islamic republic will leave the NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) in case the nuclear case of the country is sent to the UN Security Council.

"If the Europeans continue their unjustifiable behavior or send Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council, Iran will leave the NPT," Zarif was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency. The remarks by Mr Zarif followed the last week move of the three European countries of Britain, France and German as they announced they had taken a step to trigger the dispute mechanism with Iran in response to Tehran's back-off the nuclear commitments over the past months.

"In November 2018, Iran informed Europeans that following the exit of the United States from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, Iran triggered the dispute mechanism and concluded it," said Zarif. Therefore, "the Europeans move (to re-trigger the mechanism) is by no means legal," Zarif added. The foreign minister stressed, "In case the Europeans try to do another measure, Iran will consider the quit of the NPT." Under the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of western and UN sanctions.

However, US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in May 2018 and slapped old and new sanctions against Iran. Trump urged for new deal with the aim of more limits in Iran's nuclear programme.

On Monday, Zarif noted that Iran will re-embrace its nuclear commitments if the Europeans honour their own obligations and help Iran reap economic interests that the nuclear deal safeguarded. (UNI)