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Iran: Senator Cruz Admits “Rogue” Nature of US Regimes

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Republican US Senator Ted Cruz has acknowledged in his recent tweet that the country's governments are "rogue".

Cruz had wrote on his twitter page that any future Republican president would again “tear up” the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

“The world is acutely aware of what Mr. Cruz confesses: that regimes in Washington are rogue,” Khatibzadeh tweeted on Monday.

He added, despite the clear likelihood that any future Republican president could again suspend Washington’s commitment to the JCPOA, that “onus is on POTUS (president of the United States) to convince international community, including all JCPOA participants, that his signature means something”.

“For that, objective guarantees [are] needed. No one would accept anything less,” Khatibzadeh said.

Iran said on Monday that the so-called nuclear crisis stated in the recent statement of the US and the European states of Britain, France and Germany is the result of the four countries’ irresponsible behavior and defiance of the nuclear deal.

Khatibzadeh made the remarks in reaction to the statement issued by the four countries on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

He referred to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s fatwa (verdict) which prohibits production of nuclear weapons, saying that nuclear weapons have no place in the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine.

The spokesman went on to say that as a responsible member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has been cooperating with the technical body within the framework of the Safeguards Agreements.

Iran has proved its goodwill through full faithfulness to its commitments even a year after the US May 2018 unilateral withdrawal from the international nuclear deal, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Further, Khatibzadeh said Tehran welcomes the other sides’ determination to fully return to their commitments, adding, “Our criterion is the other side’s action [practical measure].”

He added that Iran pursues peaceful goals by enrichment, as it has already been declared, noting that uranium enrichment in Iran is for medical and non-military use.

The spokesman stated that such a stance which is against realities will not have positive outcomes, adding what mentioned in the statement as a nuclear crisis is false and just a propaganda campaign.

Ayatollah Khamenei has on many occasions said the Islamic Republic considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint. On April 17, 2010 Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa declaring that the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons are all haram (religiously banned).

“Iran is not after a nuclear bomb. Why would Iran want a nuclear bomb? Moreover, when an atomic bomb is detonated, it does not just kill enemies. Rather, it kills innocent people as well, and this goes against Islamic beliefs and the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran. An atomic bomb does not discriminate between good and bad people, and it is not something that the Islamic Republic would use. The Islamic Republic is relying on something that is not affected by bombs, foreign invasions and other such things. Such things only strengthen what the Islamic republic is relying on. The Islamic republic is relying on the people,” a part of the fatwa said.

Analysts believe that the fatwa of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution can well serve as a beacon of light for Washington in order to find its way out of darkness and ignorance.

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