Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, discussing the JCPOA, maintained that “we have heard many good words and promises [from the West], but in practice, they have not been honoured. On the contrary, they have acted against those promises... This time, only actions matter. If we see action on the part of the other side, we will take action too”. Relatedly, President Rouhani asserted that “we do not want to have covert nuclear activity... the opinion of the Supreme Leader as a fatwa is the principle for us and we will not break our commitment”. Underscoring that, in light of Iran’s impending suspension of Additional Protocol implementation, “no [IAEA] inspector will be expelled”, Rouhani added: “If the U.S. government lifts the sanctions in practice, the Islamic Republic of Iran will return to all its suspended commitments shortly after receiving the verification of the lifting of sanctions”.
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