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Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Khamanei urges ‘great care’ for JCPOA to avoid ‘irreparable damage’



Leader of the Islamic Republic has stated his general as well as specific points on the JCPOA in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani.

The much-anticipated letter came on Wednesday by Ayatollah Khamenei, as he wrote in part of the letter “now the JCPOA has been approved by the relevant government bodies and awaits my verdict;” Leader’s official website communicated the letter in which Ayatollah Khamenei has approved of the JCPOA, with issuing some important cases relating to the national interests and higher expediencies of the country, stating the 9-point mandate of the Parliament bill on JCPOA, and Supreme National Security Council’s resolution in its 634th session dated August 10, 2015, which he deemed compliance with those provisions as necessary for any implementation of JCPOA.

“The letter intended to provide a general guidelines for the government officials and to provide them with opportunity to work in attending to duties along with observance of national interests,” read Leader’s letter, then turning to some complementary remarks on the officials directly or indirectly involved in bringing the JCPOA to current state. It extended Leader’s gratitude to first and foremost to nuclear negotiators who, the letter highlighted, “worked with all their efforts to ensure positive points of the JCPOA during negotiations; critics, who reminded us of any pitfalls through their keen eyes and scrutinizing minds, especially the head and members of Parliament Special JCPOA Commission; the members of Supreme National Security Council, which covered some gaps in the JCPOA through important observations; and finally to Parliament speaker and representatives of the nation, who provided the government with the safe path through approving a moderate and prudent bill.”

The letter also extended Leader’s gratitude to the media who “provided a complete image of the JCPOA for public despite all the difference of ideas.”

“US administration’s behavior and discourse in nuclear issue and in prolonged, tedious negotiations shows that it is another piece of the puzzle of their adverse hostility against the Islamic Republic. Their deceptive duality in primary allegations which was aimed at persuading Iran to sit at negotiation table for direct talks, and further breach of promises during two years of talks and their commitment to demands from the Zionist regime and their coercive diplomacy towards European states and institutes involved in negotiations, all prove that the deceptive involvement of the United states in nuclear talks has been intended to advance their hostile policies toward the Islamic Republic, rather than fair resolution of disputes,” emphasized the letter.

Addressing the president, the Leader’s letter reminded him of ‘hostile positions by the United States taken against Iran in all issues involved,’ and emphasized that the approach would not change any time soon in the future; “US president’s remarks in his two letters to me that they would not seek a regime change policy in Iran soon were exposed as mere lies and deception by the US support for domestic and international opposition of the Islamic Revolution; no less important is his threat of invasion, and more openly, a nuclear strike against Iran (which would provide a hefty material for any international court to file a lawsuit against him) exposed further their true nature of policy toward Iran; it is too obvious for all analysts and the public opinion that the major cause of enmity toward Iran lies in its irreconcilable nature with imperialism, illegitimate demands, depriving the downtrodden of their rights, and our exposing of their support for Medieval despotic regimes and our own support for Palestinian nation, and rightfully crying out of Zionist regime crimes in the Occupied Territories; these factors make inevitable US enmity toward the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he stated in the letter.

“It is beyond doubt that an accurate insight into the US deceptive nature and resisting it during negotiations have helped avoid irreparable damage in frequent cases,” the letter added, turning to some pitfalls and ambiguities in the JCPOA, the oversight of which “would be a source of great loss for the country in years to come.”

“Throughout the 8-year period, any sanctions in any level and under pretext whatsoever (including under hollow claims of human rights violation and support for terrorism by Iran) by any of countries parties to the JCPOA would be examples of violation of JCPOA and the government should cease implementation of JCPOA and act according to Article 3 of Parliament bill on JCPOA,” the letter emphasized.

“Obligations under two other articles will only be implemented when the IAEA announces the final stage of present and future issues (Possible Military Dimension) of the nuclear program; reconstruction of Arak Heavy Water Complex will only be possible when a definite and certain agreement is signed and a reliable alternative plan is available and its implementation is guaranteed; exchange of enriched uranium for yellow cake (UF6) with foreign governments will solely hinge upon enough guarantees along with a strong agreement contract, and any such deal should be gradual,” were Leader’s remarks on technical issues.

“Parliament bill mandates preparation of mid-term necessary actions in nuclear energy industry by SNSC; they include development plans for 15 years beginning now, which would raise the capability [of the industry] to 190,000 SWUs (Seperative Work Unit); this accurately addresses some of the concerns over some appendices of the JCPOA; the AEOI should organize and plan Research and Development in different aspects so as to rule out any shortage of technology necessary for a satisfactory enrichment activity by 8 years beginning from now,” the letter continued.

“In any ambiguity, interpretation by other parties to JCPOA would not be endorsed as genuine, and the text of JCPOA is considered as point of reference,” the letter asserted.

“The complexities and ambiguities in the JCPOA, and the US record of breaching promise and deception entails watching over the progress of the implementation of the obligation of other parties to the JCPOA by a strong and expert board; the composition of the board should be worked out and set by the SNSC,” said the letter.

“Since Iran’s acceptance of the negotiations was aimed at removal of oppressive economic and financial sanctions is conditioned at Iran’s measures, it is vital that reliable and necessary guarantees be provided to prevent other parties from violating their commitments; such guarantees include a written order for removal of sanctions by US president and the European Union. The announcement by the EU and US president must explicitly clarify that sanctions will be completely removed. Any remarks implying the continuation of sanctions regime is considered as violation of JCPOA,” read the letter.

“In conclusion, as I have already reminded you and other government authorities in several meetings and told the nation in public meetings, removal of sanctions was necessary due to immediate nature of removal of oppression and protection of the nation’s rights, however, economic boom and improvement of life conditions and solution of current problems can be achieved solely through full-scale follow-up of Resistance Economy Policies. I hope that this goal is seriously pursued and domestic production will receive special focus; it is necessary to be careful that removal of sanctions would not lead to unrestrained import of goods, and in particular, import of consumer goods from the United States must be seriously avoided,” conluded the letter.

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