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UAE reiterates support for US strategy on Iran

Iran will ‘shred’ nuclear deal if US quits it

Gulf News

NEW YORK: The UAE has reiterated its support for the new US strategy towards Iranian policies that threaten global security and stability.

The UAE called upon all countries facing questions related to their nuclear activities to fully comply with their international obligations, and undertake the necessary procedures to address international concerns.

The UAE statement came during the discussions of the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security on articles concerning nuclear weapons.

The statement emphasised the UAE’s concerns regarding the sustained nuclear activities of Iran and the development of its missile programme, and expressed hope that the implementation of the articles of the agreement and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would be reflected in Iran’s behaviour in the region.

The statement confirmed the UAE’s support for the central role of the safeguards system and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s verification mechanisms to temper the consequences of nuclear proliferation and promote regional and international security and peace.

The UAE said the full implementation of the articles of the Non-Proliferation Treaty was a priority.

Yesterday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would “shred” the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.

“I don’t want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute [US] president,” Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran quoted by state television.

“Trump’s stupidity should not distract us from America’s deceitfulness ... If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it.”