US Denounces Iran's Nuclear Threat and MP's $3M Reward Offer for Killing Trump

The United States on Tuesday, January 21st, condemned Iran's threat to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the NPT. It also described an Iranian lawmaker's offer of a financial reward for killing US President Donald Trump as "ridiculous."

Iran said on Monday that Tehran would pull out from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if international sanctions were reimposed. The U.S. envoy Wood said Iran’s threat to quit the treaty, the foundation of global nuclear arms control since the Cold War, would send a “very, very negative message”.
An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed U.S. President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran’s latest standoff with Washington.

“On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump,” lawmaker Ahmad Hamzeh told the 290-seat parliament, ISNA reported.

“If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats ... We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right,” he was quoted as saying by ISNA.

Reports issued by the U.N. nuclear watchdog have suggested Tehran is still far from sprinting ahead with its work.

A US envoy said on Tuesday that Iran's threat to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty "will send a very, very negative message," according to Reuters.

Iran had indicated that it would withdraw if European countries referred it to the UN Security Council after it announced that Tehran was violating the 2015 nuclear agreement.

"We believe that Iran should stop its malicious behaviour and sit down and negotiate with the United States an agreement that addresses not only the nuclear issue, but also other issues that concern us, such as the proliferation and development of ballistic missiles and malicious activities around the world," Robert Wood, US Disarmament Ambassador, told reporters in Geneva.

The US also envoy described an Iranian deputy's offer of a reward of three million dollars for killing Trump as "ridiculous" and said that this highlighted the "terrorist underpinnings" of the Iranian government, according to Fox News.

"It's ridiculous and it gives you an idea of the terrorist underpinnings of that system and how that system must change its behaviour," Wood said, referring to the reward offer.

Tensions have steadily escalated since Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions. The standoff erupted into tit-for-tat military strikes this month.

United States' President ordered the assassination of the Top Iranian General commanding the Tehran's IRGC in Baghdad on January 3 marked the latest turns of escalations, tensions  and threats of war between Washington and Tehran. Iran retaliated with missile strikes against US military bases in Iraq without any human casualty saved the 11 officers reportedly receiving treatment in Germany.

Unilateral Trump's withdrawal of US from the nuclear accord which the world powers and Germany signed with Iran, re-imposition of severe economic sanctions against the Tehran and non readiness of Iranian authorities to renegotiate the negotiations of the Iranian nuclear deal, insisting that US can not be trusted,  scaling back from its commitment to the deal and  nor realistic European reliefs promised to help Tehran bypass US sanctions are what  nearly put the world at the brim of third war,, early January.

After Iran’s latest step, Britain, France and Germany triggered a dispute mechanism in the nuclear pact, starting a diplomatic process that could lead to reimposing U.N. sanctions.

(With Reuters and 7D News)

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