Iranian Expediency Council member IRGC General Ahmad Vahidi, who was formerly Iran's Defense Minister and served as the first commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, said in a November 28, 2020 interview on Ofogh TV (Iran) that Iran's commitment to the NPT's additional protocols is meaningless if Iranian nuclear scientists like the recently-assassinated Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and its nuclear installations are not safe. He said that the IAEA and its Board of Governors must understand this and that Israel is bitterly mistaken if it thinks that there will be no response to Fakhrizadeh's assassination. General Vahidi also warned that Iran may view the countries that have recently normalized relations with Israel as collaborators with the Zionist regime.
Ahmad Vahidi: "If we decide to accept the NPT's Additional Protocol, and if we surpass our obligations here, how can it be that our nuclear center [in Natanz] and our nuclear scientist [Fakhrizadeh] are attacked? Such occurrences mean that all these [treaty] mechanisms are worthless. In other words, there is no use for us to further adhere to the Additional Protocol or to surpass our obligations to it, if our nuclear scientists, our other scientists, or our nuclear centers are not safe. The IAEA and its Board of Governors need to understand this clearly. They must take heed. This is a sensitive situation.
"Second, if the Zionist regime thinks that it has done something and that there will be no response, it is bitterly mistaken. All of its supporters, and all the countries in the region that have now established friendly relations with it and think that the Zionist regime can bring them security... They should all know that this is their biggest mistake. They are playing with fire, and this can drag them into the depths of Hell. They will be recognized as collaborators with the Zionist regime, according to our analyses. And if such a thing happens, they must know that things will be very hard for them."