News ID: 116663
Published: 1013 GMT April 27, 2015

Zarif: US domestic woes do not exempt it from int'l obligations

Zarif: US domestic woes do not exempt it from int'l obligations

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US government is responsible to implement a nuclear agreement and its internal quarrels do not free it from fulfilling its international commitments.

Zarif was speaking to IRNA reporter upon arrival in New York on Sunday afternoon (local time).

He said he was in New York to attend Review Conference of NPT which is held at five-year intervals at UN Headquarters to discuss the three major parts of the treaty and reach a final binding document.

Noting that most of the problems connected with the final document have not been solved yet, Zarif said Iran, as the chair-state of Non-Alignment Movement (NAM), will try to follow the positions of NAM which in many cases are the same as those of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He said the final document will be discussed considering the three main parts of the NPT which are nuclear disarmament, access to peaceful nuclear technologies, and finally prevention of nuclear proliferation.

Zarif added member countries of NPT and all non-nuclear countries are following one target which is reaching a balance between the three parts of the treaty, especially on the nuclear disarmament in which nuclear countries of the world have committed the most offences.

On the obligations of nuclear countries towards the treaty, Zarif said these countries are obliged to carry out complete disarmament according to an advisory opinion of International Court of Justice, but they have not fulfilled this obligation so far.

On nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 of world powers, Zarif Said, 'We've said from the beginning that agreement and sanctions do not go with each other and according to the framework we reached in Lausanne, the sanctions should be lifted simultaneously with the implementation of agreements.'

On what is happening in US Congress and disputes between two political parties over nuclear agreement, Zarif said, 'US government is responsible for implementation of any agreement and their internal wrangles do not concern us and according to international laws, domestic problems of countries do not exempt them from their commitments.'

Iranian foreign minister concluded,'We expect to hear clear explanations from the American officials on internal disputes and their probable role in the implementation of a nuclear agreement.'


Resource: Irna
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