Iran condemns ‘invalid’ E3 statement on its nuclear program

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned the latest joint statement by the UK, France and Germany -- known as E3 -- on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, calling it absurd and invalid, which contains false claims.

The ministry made the reaction on Sunday a day after the three European countries issued their joint statement accusing Iran of escalating its nuclear program and taking steps in “hollowing out” the JCPOA, a term standing for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015.

“As it has been announced repeatedly, Iran's nuclear program has always been completely peaceful in nature, and nuclear weapons have no place in Iran's military and defense doctrine”, the Foreign Ministry said.

It added that the “bitter irony” is that the same countries, which have adopted a political and non-constructive approach and are responsible for the current situation of the JCPOA, accuse Iran of hollowing out the deal.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to continue its constructive interaction and technical cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency within the framework of its rights and obligations, and will implement and continue its peaceful nuclear plans in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement.”

It is emphasized that Iran's peaceful nuclear activities are not a reaction, the ministry further said, adding that those activities will continue based on Iran’s national nuclear development program and within the framework of international rights and obligations.

Like their previous mistakes, the false speculations of Western countries in this regard will bear no results, it said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is always ready for constructive interaction and dialogue, and believes that good faith, and refraining from failed political actions of the past, coupled with seriousness and adopting a practical approach, are necessary to address the issues raised by all parties”, the Foreign Ministry concluded.

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