1102 GMT September 23, 2019
“The NPT acknowledges the right for all its member states to leave the treaty if their interests are endangered,” Shamkhani told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday when asked whether Iran would leave the NPT in response to the US president’s possible measures against the 2015 nuclear deal, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“This is one of three options that we are considering,” Shamkhani said.
“The main purpose of developing and implementing legal mechanisms and international contracts is creating stability and security in the international community and preventing ostensibly powerful countries from making unilateral moves,” he added.
Article X of the NPT provides a “right” to withdraw from the treaty if the withdrawing party “decides that extraordinary events, related to the subject matter of this treaty, have jeopardized the supreme interests of its country.”
Ali Shamkhani, said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was ready for “surprising acts” if the nuclear deal was scrapped.
In January, Donald Trump set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal or face a US exit.
Since the historic deal was signed by Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries – Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany – in Vienna in July 2015, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but the US has failed to live up to its commitments.
The objective of the NPT, which took effect in 1970, is to halt the spread of nuclear weapons-making capability and guarantee the right of all members to develop nuclear energy for peaceful ends. The original five nuclear weapons powers – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – would also phase out their arsenals.
Iran has been a non-nuclear-weapon state party to the NPT since 1970.