In comments on Thursday, Keyvan Khosravi played down the threatening comments by the US president, saying, “Diplomacy and biting are paradoxical phrases that bear a meaning only in the school of Trumpism.”
His reaction came after Trump once again threatened Iran in a Twitter post by saying, “Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khosravi said, “The US has already bitten the logic of dialogue and diplomacy and has harmed world security by adopting the strategy of unilateralism and withdrawing from the international treaties.”
“The US has been biting the Iranian nation for 40 years, but the antidote of ‘active resistance’ continues to drive the Islamic Iran forward firmly and hopefully,” the SNSC spokesperson added.
He finally underscored that Iran will take the second step to reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal on July 7 according to the Articles 26 and 36 of the agreement.
In comments on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal that their failure to take “practical measures” to ensure Iran’s interests until July 7 will force Tehran to enrich uranium at any level it would want, above a 3.67 percent purity.
He also emphasized that Iran’s measures are not designed to harm the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but to save the accord, adding, “We believe that if we don’t take any measure, the JCPOA will die.”
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the 2015 nuclear deal.
The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation was hampered by the US policies and its eventual withdrawal from the deal.
On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear accord.
Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
However, the EU’s failure of ensure Iran’s economic interests forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments under JCPOA in May 2019.
Iran has also set a 60-day deadline for the remaining JCPOA parties to fulfill their undertakings.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country’s enriched uranium stockpile has passed the 300-kilogram limit.
“The first phase is underway, which includes both the (enriched) uranium and heavy water stockpiles, and the next phase have been announced and will be implemented,” Zarif has said.