Iran has threatened to withdraw from the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty and demanded that Europe come up with an “economic package” to compensate for Washington’s decision to pull out of the atomic deal Tehran signed with world powers. The Islamic republic could exit the near-50-year-old NPT – the only binding multilateral treaty aimed at achieving disarmament by nuclear-armed states – should hardline forces in Tehran prevail, a senior Iranian official told the Financial Times. The warning highlights mounting pressure on European-led efforts to save the nuclear deal- known as the JCPOA – that Tehran signed in 2015 with the US, Russia, China, France, Germany, the EU and the UK. The official made the comments as Iran and the remaining signatories met in Vienna on Friday, the first such gathering without the US.
FT 25th May 2018 read more »