Zarif: Iran Reserves Right to Do Whatever It Takes To Protect Its Citizens After Natanz Incident

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif reiterated his nation’s proper to defend itself within the wake of an obvious sabotage assault on the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant.

In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, Zarif famous {that a} deliberate assault on a nuclear facility is “nuclear terrorism and a war crime.”

“After timely verification of removal of all US sanctions, Iran will respond by stopping all remedial measures—which will now take a significant upward leap following this latest terrorist sabotage,” he added.

On Sunday, an explosion on the Natanz facility, which produces low-purity refined uranium, quickly interrupted its energy provide. No one was harm within the incident, however a number of the IR-1 centrifuges have been broken, in accordance to a international ministry spokesperson.

At a press convention Monday with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned there was “no more serious threat” to the area than Iran. He pledged to “never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons to carry out genocide against Israel. Israel will continue defend yourself.”

The assault comes amid talks to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna, to which Israel is staunchly opposed. The eight-party deal lowered financial sanctions in opposition to Iran in trade for accepting strict limits on its uranium manufacturing. In 2018, the Trump administration pulled out of the deal unilaterally, claiming Iran had violated it and reimposing sanctions, however the different events remained within the deal due to lack of proof on Washington’s half.


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