Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the possible collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would lead to an irreversible damage for the international community.
Salehi who was visiting Norway to attend the Oslo Forum made the remarks in his meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide in the European capital.
The Iranian official criticized the hasty decision by some European firms to leave Iran in the wake of the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal for fear of the US sanctions.
He said the US policies are doomed to failure and the possible collapse of the JCPOA will do an irreparable damage to the international community, a report by Fars News Agency said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the head of the AEOI said Iran’s top leadership attaches significant respect to the dignity of the Iranian nation in its foreign policy and said remaining faithful to one’s international commitments is possible only within a bilateral mechanism.
He also underlined the importance of adopting confidence-building measures in bilateral relations and said this requires the commitment of all involved parties to fulfilling their pledges on time and completely.
He expressed hope that the European sides of the deal would come to realize the sensitivity of the current situation and fulfil their pledges within the expected timeframe.
The Iranian official then thanked Norway for its support for the Iran nuclear deal and efforts to further enhance the current bilateral relations between the two countries and underlined that the Europeans should offer their political and economic support for the Iranian nation so that they can enjoy their rights under the multinational deal.
For her part, the Norwegian foreign minister elaborated on her country’s stance towards the Iran nuclear deal in the wake of the US pullout of the multi-national deal and said in line with the EU, Norway strongly calls and will do its utmost for preserving the JCPOA and providing Iran with its legal rights under the deal.
Søreide also said her country’s support for the JCPOA is very serious and added the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal will have dire consequences for the stability and security of the Middle East region as well as the future of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
She said the US move will also tarnish the image of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).
The IAEA has announced in at least 11 reports that unlike what the US claims, the Islamic Republic has remained completely faithful to its pledges under the JCPOA.
The Norwegian foreign minister finally expressed hope that the JCPOA, if preserved, would pave the way for resolving all regional disputes.