Khamenei Adviser Threatens Retaliation if Nuclear Deal is Terminated

Khamenei Adviser Threatens Retaliation if Nuclear Deal is Terminated

Friday, 27 April, 2018 - 10:00
Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo
London - Adil AL-Salmi
“If Trump exits the deal, Iran will surely pull out of it… Iran will not accept a nuclear deal with no benefits for us,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council of the System Mohsen Rezaee recommended that the threats made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's supreme national security council, should be taken seriously, mainly Iran’s threat to pull out from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami said that government officials should be more authoritative, and revealed that IRGC suggested over politicians that they withdraw from the nuclear deal and from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and to resume an unlimited nuclear activity. At the same time, he threatened to wipe out Israel.

Defence Secretary James Mattis on Thursday said no decision had been made on whether the United States is going to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. He also played down concerns about whether a potential US withdrawal from the deal would undermine attempts to strike an agreement with North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.

“I think we need to focus on what is in the best interest of Middle East stability and the threat that Iran poses,” he added.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Macron later told reporters that he has no inside information on Trump’s decision on the Iran deal but noted that it’s clear the US president is not very much eager to defend it. Macron statement came hours after his speech infront of the Congress, where he confirmed that Iran won’t be capable of owning a nuclear bomb, demanding that Trump’s administration doesn’t withdraw from the deal.

Russia does not see any room for changes or additions to the Iran nuclear deal, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Zakharova also said Moscow was seriously concerned by comments made by the presidents of France and the United States about the deal.

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