Iran threatens to leave NPT if nuclear deal scrapped


Iran may withdraw from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons if the United States trashes the six-party agreement imposing nuclear restrictions on Iran, a top Iranian security official said Tuesday. "This is Iran's probable plan", he said.

Iran's representative said the country will not respond to a renegotiation or revision of the deal, and it will show the world how untrustworthy Washington is in worldwide negotiations.

Answering a question about the possibility of Tehran withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Shamkhani said: "This is one of three options that we are considering".

Shamkhani said Washington didn't stick to the nuclear agreement - signed between Iran and both the USA, U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany.

The objective of the NPT, which took effect in 1970, is to halt the spread of nuclear weapons-making capability, guarantee the right of all members to develop nuclear energy for peaceful ends.

The US, which holds one of the world's largest nuclear arsenals, also warned the conference that the prospects for progress on disarmament was now "bleak".

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The Ambassador said that the 1995 decision to establish an area free from weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons in the Middle East is still awaiting implementation without any signs that this is taking place, especially as some of the States parties to the Treaty continue to adopt positions that depart from compliance with the commitments they have assumed.

Shamkhani said Iran welcomes European Union efforts to save the deal, but added "it would be a strategic mistake if the EU wants to put pressure on Iran or surrender to (U.S. President Donald) Trump's blackmailing".

"If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences", Rouhani said in Tabriz.

"Rhetoric about the necessity and utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise", she said, stressing that "modernization programmes by nuclear-weapons states are leading to what many see as a new, qualitative arms race".

The Russian Foreign Ministry's Director General for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, Vladimir Yermakov, told the meeting that the deal, known as the JCPOA, was fragile and any attempt to amend it would affect the global non-proliferation regime.