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Deliberate targeting of nuclear facility war crime : Zarif

TEHRAN, Apr. 13 (MNA) – In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Iranian Foreign Minister said that deliberate targeting of a safeguarded nuclear facility is nuclear terrorism and a war crime.

In a series of tweets on late Monday, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote, “I wrote to UNSG: Deliberate targeting of a safeguarded nuclear facility—w/ high risk of indiscriminate release of radioactive material—is nuclear terrorism & a war crime.”

“Israel threatened and now boasts about action to prevent restoration of JCPOA after US election,” he added.

“If US wants to avert consequences of this foolish gamble, it must cease to consider economic terrorism perpetrated by Trump or recent nuclear terrorism as negotiating leverage & remove all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or relabeled since the adoption of the JCPOA,” Zarif noted.

“After timely verification of removal of all US sanctions, Iran will respond by stopping all remedial measures—which will now take a significant upward leap following this latest terrorist sabotage,” the foreign minister said.

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Sunday that an incident took place in a part of the electricity distribution network of Shahid Ahmadi Roshan facility in Natanz.

Following the incident, AEOI Chief Ali-Akbar Salehi slammed the “act of sabotage”, noting that the international community, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), must deal with such “nuclear terrorism” that targets Iran’s facilities.

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