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Iran vows nuclear development to continue until West ends ‘illegal behavior’

The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, at a meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran on June, 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, at a meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran on June, 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council meets with top EU diplomat Josep Borrell, who is visiting Tehran as part of efforts to revive stalled nuclear talks.

According to the Mehr news agency, Ali Shamkhani told Borrell that Iran’s violations of the 2015 nuclear deal “are solely a legal and rational reaction to US unilateralism and European indifference to the continued US violations against the Iran nuclear deal.”

He adds that Iran will reject any agreement that doesn’t include guarantees from the US and Europe or provide the Islamic Republic with economic benefits.

Shamkhani also vows that Iran will continue to push ahead with nuclear development until the West ends its “illegal behavior,” Reuters reports.

Borrell tweets that he and Shamkhani had an “important meeting” aimed at bringing the nuclear deal “back on track,” without elaborating further.

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