ANKARA– Iran should not give up principal elements of its atomic program until accusations of past military dimensions have been stabilized, said Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The statement comes after approving the state’s nuclear deal with world powers on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Khameni ordered the July 14 agreement to be implemented in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, whose practical approach led to a progressive nuclear diplomacy with the West.
According to the Vienna agreement, sanctions that have isolated Iran for many years will be lifted if the Islamic Republic ensures that its nuclear program will not be used for the creation of bombs.
“Any comments suggesting the sanctions structure will remain in place or (new) sanctions will be imposed, at any level and under any pretext, would be (considered by Iran) a violation of the deal,” Khamenei said in the letter published on his website.
However, Iran will have to meet certain conditions projected by the United States and the European Union before lifting the sanctions. Such conditions include reducing the number of centrifuges and enriched-uranium stockpile, as well as a resolution of a UN nuclear watchdog investigating whether Iran has conducted atom bomb research at a military complex in the past.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has already collected samples from Iran’s Parchin military complex earlier this month and is expected to announce its conclusions by Dec. 15.
Iran is also conditioned to export more than 90 percent of its refined uranium stocks, leaving only 300 kg of the material enriched to 3.67 percent fissile purity, which is enough to run civilian nuclear power plants for 15 years.