ID : N-1395 Date : 2018/03/04 - 16:14
(Persia Digest) – A Iranian university professor believes that world peace and security can be achieved with a regional and global balance of power. He says: “Personally, I believe that if Iran had nuclear weapons, the regional balance of power, and therefore stability and security in this area, would have been too crucial to become the object of such imperialistic intimidations.”
Citing a diplomatic source in Germany, Reuters reported on 28 February that European and US officials are planning to meet in Berlin in mid-March for talks on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Previously, The New York Times had reported that European countries had agreed to safeguard the JCPOA, not by amending it, but by reaching a separate agreement. The paper wrote that Europe had agreed on three issues: 1) Requiring Iran to negotiate its missile program; 2) Guaranteeing unrestricted access to Iranian military installations; 3) Extending the expiration date for the JCPOA sunset clauses.
This is making headlines while Iran has turned down further negotiations over the JCPOA and its missile program. Persia Digest has conducted an interview with Pirouz Mojtahedzadeh on the recent developments concerning the JCPOA nuclear agreement.
Dr Mojtahedzadeh is a university professor and former CEO of Urosevic Research Foundation in London. He told Persia Digest: “When certain officials say that if Iran refuses to negotiate over its missile program and regional influence it will be sanctioned, in fact they are telling us ‘Iran must either commit suicide or we will kill it.’”
He added: “Amending the provisions of the JCPOA or negotiating over its missile program and allowing the West unlimited access to its military installations is unacceptable to Iran. It is unprecedented for international inspectors to be given unlimited access to a country’s military installations. Such an access is tantamount to exposing vital military secrets. No country would commit such an act of treason.”
He continued by saying: “The day the EU convinces Israel to allow international inspectors into its nuclear installations, it can put forward a similar proposal for Iran.”
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When asked about the consequences of Iran disputing missile and regional negotiations, Mojtahedzadeh answered: “There will be no consequences, because no injustice has been left to commit against Iran. Undoubtedly, these conditions will lead to Trump exiting the JCPOA. This will be in Iran’s favor and we must be grateful for it.”
He stated that Iran will never be the first country to leave the agreement due to its commitments and continuous faithfulness to its obligations, and added: “Whether the US remains in the deal or leaves it is irrelevant for Iran, because the sanctions cannot be reimposed as there has been no sanctions relief in practice.”
He went on to say: “In effect, the US abrogating the deal is in Iran’s favor as it will exempt it from committing to the rest of its obligations. Iran is the only signatory that has extensively fulfilled all its obligations. The US can leave the JCPOA and free us from these under such conditions.”
The university professor stated that the US tearing up the JCPOA will effectively destroy the agreement: “In that case, Iran must officially write to the UN and the other signatories to the deal and alert the world that it remained committed to its obligations until the last minute and it was the unilateral US escapades and abrogation of the deal that left no choice for Iran and the other signatories to the agreement.”
Mojtahedzadeh said that Iran, Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia are the main geostrategic rivals in the Middle East, and added: “How is it possible for peace-loving nations to condone Israeli nuclear warheads and support the extensive Saudi nuclear and missile programs, but condemn the Iranian peaceful nuclear program?”
He expressed his belief that “If Iran had nuclear weapons, the regional balance of power, and therefore stability and security in this area, would have been too crucial to become the object of such imperialistic intimidations.”
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