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Iranian DM: US to Pay Heavy Price for Violation of N. Deal



Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned the US against any violation or delay in the implementation of the last year nuclear deal with Tehran, and said Washington will pay a heavy price if it embarks on such a grave mistake.

“Any delay, violation or return from the agreed path will entail high costs for them (the Americans) and they will be the main loser of any of their ignorant and proud measures,” General Dehqan said, addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 8th International Aviation Exhibition on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday.

He stressed that while the US is attempting to convince the world states that sanctions against Iran are still in place but the structure of embargos has fallen apart.

General Dehqan, meantime, said that Iran has made huge progress in different fields despite sanctions, specially in the defense area.

The Iranian defense minister made the remarks after US President-elect Donald Trump’s demand to renegotiate the Vienna nuclear deal with Iran.

During his election campaign, Trump said he would tear up the nuclear deal with Iran. Yet, he later changed tone and said he would definitely embark on renegotiating the deal.

In response, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini underlined on Friday that the EU is fully committed to the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran.

“We will do our best to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear agreement between Tehran and the six world countries (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany),” Mogherini said after meeting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi in Brussels.

She also said that all the parties involved have to remain committed to the implementation of the deal reached between Iran and the six world powers in July 2015.

Also on Friday, Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi underlined that no US government can undermine the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the six world powers.

“The US president-elect Donald Trump cannot neglect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and it has to abide by,” Kamalvandi told reporters.

He said that the JCPOA is the outcome of diplomatic efforts of both sides, adding, “We have reached a place that both sides were relatively confident about its outcome.

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