Leader: Action, Not Words, Needed to Satisfy Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined on Wednesday that Iran will no more pin hope on promises made by the western states on implementation of the nuclear deal, adding that practical measures are needed to persuade Tehran to remain committed to the agreement.
“We have said a lot about the nuclear deal and the policies of the Islamic Republic. Words are uttered and promises are made. Today I want to say just one word; we have heard many good words and promises that were later violated. Words and promises are useless. This time just action; if we see action from the other side, we will act too. With words and promises, the Islamic Republic will not be satisfied this time like in the past,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a meeting with Iranian people from East Azerbaijan Province via video conference on the occasion of the uprising of the people of Tabriz on Feb. 18, 1978, against the former Pahlavi regime.
Elsewhere, he lauded efforts of people of Tabriz which led to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and said, "The Revolution was able to turn Iran, which was a scientifically backward country, economically dependent on the great powers and politically follower of certain countries, into an independent, beloved and highly successful country."
"Strengthening the country's military and defense forces was one of the achievements of the revolution," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, "Today, the military status of Iran is tens of times better than it was in the days before the Revolution, and we are a great regional power."
"The reason behind US and Israel conspiracies is that they see that the Revolution has not stopped and is moving forward," he noted.
"The enemy launches negative propaganda about our failures but it does not show our progress and hides it," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
In relevant remarks on February 7, Ayatollah Khamenei said that his country will not take steps to return to its nuclear deal undertakings unless it will be able to verify the US practical measures in removing the sanctions against Tehran.
"Iran has fulfilled all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, not the US and the three European countries ... If they want Iran to return to its commitments, the US must lift all sanctions first," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the Iranian Army Air Force commanders and staff on the anniversary of the historical pledging allegiance of Air Force commanders with late Imam Khomeini in 1979.
He underlined that the side with the right to set conditions to return to the JCPOA undertakings is Iran since it abided by all its commitments, not the US or the 3 European countries which breached theirs, adding, “If they want Iran to return, the US should lift all sanctions. We'll verify and if it's done properly, we’ll return to our undertakings."
“This is the definite policy of the Islamic Republic and it is also agreed upon by the officials of the country and we will not return from this policy,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, stressing that no one in Iran listens to what the US and European officials say about preconditions for lifting sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that his country will halt the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) next week in case other parties continue to defy their nuclear deal undertakings.
“The Iranian government is required to suspend the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol next week, according to the parliament approval, if the obligations of the other parties have not been fulfilled by that day. This move does not take time and can be implemented in a day,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
“Accordingly, inspections beyond the safeguards agreements will be stopped, and this means the supervisions that Iran has accepted within the framework of the Additional Protocol and it does not mean stopping all supervisions. Iran will keep fulfilling some of the inspections, but the Additional Protocol will definitely be stopped,” he added.
Yet, Khatibzadeh underlined that Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue and will inform the IAEA of its moves in a letter, reiterating that all the actions done by Iran are easily reversible, provided that the other parties return to their obligations.
“Unfortunately, the US continues to follow the wrong path of the previous administration, and what is happening today is no different from what was underway before January 20, and the maximum pressure and crime against the Iranian people and disregard for international laws continues today too,” he added.