Iran to continue enrichment despite lifting nuclear waivers

May 6, 2019

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Tehran, May 6, IRNA – Although the US has cancelled some of the exemptions it had granted to restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, Iran will continue with its enrichment, said senior Member of Parliament Hossein Naqavi Hosseini on Monday.

After imposing restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities, the US had granted waivers to parts of the activities, including transfer of heavy water from Arak nuclear site to Oman and processing Iranian uranium by Russia. Washington administration recently cancelled the two exemptions mentioned. 

Naqavi Hosseini, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told IRNA political correspondent, 'In our nuclear activities, we are dealing with an international agreement; not with the United States.'

The parties to Iran nuclear deal have announced they are committed to their pledges and therefore they also need to help implement the agreements under the deal, Naqavi Hosseini said, adding that cancellation of exemptions cannot create obstacles in the way of Iran's nuclear activities. 

The Europeans have repeatedly said they are committed to the deal, and along with Russia and China will not follow unconventional behaviors of the US, he said. 

The lawmaker added that Iran will continue with its lawful programs as before. 

Oman has not announced it will obey the US in transfer of Arak site's heavy water yet, he said. 

If Oman prevents the transfer of Arak site heavy water under the US pressure and economic considerations, one of the other five parties to the deal have to replace Oman as they will be held responsible for their commitments, Naqavi Hosseini added. 

'As we are ready for any unconventional decision and act by Trump, we will not be surprised by any unwise decision taken by the US president,' the lawmaker said.