Salehi & Miguel Arias Cañete

Iran: US boastful remarks about N. deal unimportant

FNA- Iranian Vice-President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi stressed that Tehran does not value Washington’s verbal threats about withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, and only cares for actions.

“Different comments have been made about this issue. We look at actions rather than words,” Salehi said in a meeting with European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete in Tehran on Sunday.

Noting that the nuclear deal benefits Iran, the region, the international community and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he said that Iran will make the necessary decisions in due time based on and in response to the practical measures adopted by the other side.

In relevant remarks last Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif played down US President Donald Trump’s threats about Washington’s possible withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers.

“Don’t pay so much attention to Trump’s words,” Zarif told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

The Trump administration said last Tuesday it was launching an inter-agency review of whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran was in the United States’ national security interests, while acknowledging that Tehran was complying with a deal to rein in its nuclear program.

“President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, on Tuesday.

He did not say how long the review would take but said in the letter to Ryan that the administration looked forward to working with Congress on the issue.

During his presidential campaign, Trump called the agreement “the worst deal ever negotiated,” raising questions over whether he would rip up the agreement once he took office.

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