Iran’s top security official describes US treatment of N. deal as complete catastrophe

FNA- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani lashed out at Washington for defying the nuclear deal with Tehran, describing the US attitude towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as “total disaster”.

Speaking at a meeting with visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson here in Tehran on Saturday, the Iranian top security official reiterated Tehran’s dissatisfaction in the volume of economic cooperation and exchanges after the nuclear deal, and asked London to facilitate banking relations to pave the ground for expanded economic ties.

He then blasted the European states and the US for defying their undertakings under the JCPOA, and said, “The US attitude towards the deal as proved to be a total disaster, and its continuation would place international agreements under question while ruins that country’s political creditability.”

Shamkhani underlined that decertification of the deal by the US president meant Washington’s disloyalty to international agreements, and issued a stern warning against Donald Trump’s continued disrespect for the deal.

“Given the passivity of other parties to the improper attitudes of Washington, the Islamic Republic of Iran has embarked on making the necessary decisions to counter such moves and restore the conditions prevailing before the agreement, on the basis of its national interests and responsibilities,” he stated.

Shamkhani, who is also a member of Iran’s Expediency Council, further blasted western opposition in criticism of Iran’s regional policies, and reminded that if it hadn’t been for Iran’s serious and vital fight against terrorism, Iraq and Syria would have been conquered by the ISIL and the terrorist group would have been spread to Europe.

He also noted Trump’s latest decision to recognize Jerusalem Al-Quds as Israel’s capital, and said the move has already backfired as it has united the Muslim world and made Palestine the top priority issue of the world of Islam once again.

The top security official reiterated the rights of the Palestinians, and vowed the Muslim world’s stronger response to “the child-killing Israeli regime”.

He also criticized Britain for its continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as major violators of human rights, and warned that London could stand and international tribunal for complicity in the two Arab states’ crimes and serious violations of human rights.

“The Western states have not only blocked the international bodies’ compliance with their duty of studying and prosecuting Saudi Arabia for its crimes in Yemen, but also reject ceasing their arms sales and supply to Saudi Arabia,” he regretted.

The British foreign secretary arrived in Tehran on Saturday to hold meetings with Iranian officials.

Johnson’s visit aims at reviewing the latest conditions of bilateral ties, regional issues and international developments, and developing trade and banking relations.

He also met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier today.

During his two-day stay, Johnson is scheduled to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi.