Spokesman's Reaction to Statement by E3 Foreign Ministers

July 8, 2021

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh reacted to a statement by the Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany, in which they expressed concern about Iran's decision to produce silicide fuel using 20-percent enriched uranium.

In a statement on Wednesday, Khatibzadeh noted that Iran's decision to produce silicide fuel plates using 20% enriched uranium is for peaceful purposes, and it will only be used in Tehran research reactor.

Khatibzadeh said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed about Iran's decision in accordance with the procedures.

Khatibzadeh said contrary to the claims of the E3, this product has peaceful, medicinal and humanitarian uses, and its production does not contradict Iran's non-proliferation and Safeguards obligations.

He further emphasised that while these countries consider Iran's actions as violation of its obligations under the JCPOA, they have never gone beyond words regarding their own obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and in line with the US cruel pressure they have implemented Washington’s extraterritorial and unlawful sanctions.

“We have repeatedly emphasised that Iran is ready to suspend its compensatory measures and to fully resume the fulfillment of its obligations as soon as the oppressive sanctions are lifted. No one should expect Iran to unilaterally comply with its commitments while it is under intense pressure of unilateral sanctions.”

Khatibzadeh stated that voluntary access to transparency measures beyond the Safeguards, including the provisional and voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, will be carried out by Iran in accordance with the provisions of the JCPOA if the Vienna talks are concluded.

He added that the concerns raised in this regard are of no use and the US State Department spokesman's position on this issue is unacceptable.

“The US is expressing concern about Iran's actions, while the current situation concerning the JCPOA is due to Washington’s illegal and unilateral actions and approaches, as this country has continued to implement Donald Trump's failed maximum pressure policy on the Iranian people during the Biden administration as well.”

The foreign ministry spokesman finally emphasised that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always expressed its readiness to resume the implementation of its obligations in the event of the lifting of US sanctions, and during the Vienna talks, it has clearly conveyed these points to the other parties.