May 27, 2016, 11:19 AM
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Araqchi: Iran never allows breach in JCPOA

Tehran, May 27, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that the US and Zionist regime have not set aside enmity with Iran, but Iran will never allow Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to be violated.

Araqchi, also head of Headquarters for Pursuing Implementation of JCPOA, said in an interview on recent bill by the US Congress to prevent purchase of heavy water from Iran that the bill is of no significance, even if approved.

He further noted that the bill needs Senate's assent and US President Barack Obama's approval to be a law. Previous efforts in Senate to prevent sales of Iran's heavy water were not successful.

Araqchi further pointed out that based on JCPOA, neither US nor any other country is committed to buy heavy water from Iran.

Iran's only commitment is to offer surplus heavy water in the international markets. If a customer were not found for it, it does not matter, he said.

Noting that heavy water is a valuable product with many customers, the official said, 'The US has bought some 40 tons of Iran's heavy water and we are in talks with other states for the other 40 tons.'

'If no customer were found, there will be no problem in the implementation of JCPOA because neither Americans are committed to buy nor we to sell. We are only committed to put them on sale,' he said.

Referring to spread of Iranophobia and its impact on the implementation of JCPOA, Araqchi said that the efforts to promote Iranophobia by the US' hardliners are aimed at depriving Iran of using post-sanctions opportunities.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last August that Iran would begin to commercialize its nuclear technology after the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – an agreement reached last July between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1).

The latest move by the US House follows a similar amendment last month that was blocked by Democrats in the Senate shortly after Washington agreed to purchase heavy water from Iran.

Some Congress members, including pro-Israeli lawmakers, have long been trying to derail the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The JCPOA took effect on January 16 and all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted as a result in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. Yet, hardliners, basically Republicans, in the US have been pushing against the deal.

The JCPOA gives Iran the right to sell, dilute or dispose of the heavy water it has produced under certain conditions.

It also allows Iran to sell its enriched uranium material – called UF6 - and to buy natural uranium or “yellow cake” in return.