Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani says the Iran nuclear deal is non-negotiable and the US’ recent moves to change the JCPOA are ‘illegal’.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Alam TV on Thursday, Shamkhani called the JCPOA a comprehensive document which cannot be changed under any condition.
“The JCPOA meets the least demands of the Islamic Republic raised during our talks with the six powers,” he noted, as quoted in a Farsi report by the SNSC’s website.
Shamkhani also slammed the US for hampering the implementation of the JCPOA and said despite Iran’s full commitment to the nuclear deal, it has not yet benefited from the economic openness the deal was expected to bring.
The Iranian official dismissed as flagrant and delusional the remarks by the US president who has called for revising the JCPOA.
Shamkhani also described Iran’s defence capabilities as totally indigenous which have been built on the 8-year-old experience of the Sacred Defence (Iraq’s war on Iran) and the oppressed Iranian nation’s hapless efforts to meet its basic needs to defend itself against the aggressors.
He said the nation will press ahead strongly with its development plan within its pre-emptive measures against threats.
“Based on the national consensus among the officials of the Islamic Republic establishment, Iran will hold no negotiation with any other state over its missile and defence capabilities,” he pointed out.
Shamkhani also touched on the regional policy of Iran and its future strategies saying the measures of the Islamic Republic in the region don’t violate the resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.
“The US’ attempts to portray a false image of Iran’s stabilizing behaviours in the region are rooted in Washington and its allies’ failures in using terrorism as a tool to impose its will on the independent states of the region.”
Shamkhani then referred to the latest moves by the US diplomatic apparatus to make coalitions with the European and Arab countries against Iran and said, “Following the spread of Takfiri terrorism in Europe and the close encounter of European citizens with terrorist threats, it seems the European governments have realized the leading role of Iran in fight against terror and understood the US’ destructive policies in the region,” he concluded.