TEHRAN, May. 08 (Press Shia) – Following Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said the JCPOA will stay in place if the other sides to the agreement ensure that Iran’s interests would continue to be met.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the nation in a televised speech Tuesday night following Donald Trump’s announcement that Washington would withdraw from the landmark nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions that were lifted under the agreement.
“For 40 years we have been saying, and I say it one more time tonight, that Iran always lives up to its commitments while the US has never done so,” the president said. “The US has always adopted hostile stances against the Islamic Republic.”
Rouhani noted the US involvement in the 1953 Iranian coup, its support to Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s invasion of Iran, its shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988, and its aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, people of the Middle East, North Africa and other nations across the world.
“Trump announced tonight that the US is pulling out of the nuclear deal; I want to know when the US has ever complied with its commitments under the JCPOA since the agreement was signed,” he said. “Meanwhile, the IAEA has confirmed Iran’s commitment to all of its JCPOA-related obligations. Tonight we saw which country does not respect international obligations.”
“The only supporter of the US withdrawal from the JCPOA is the Zionist regime; a regime with a long dark record of occupation and too many crimes,” he said.
“From this moment onward, the JCPOA is an agreement between Iran and five countries, and the 5+1 has just lost its ‘1’,” Rouhani continued. “We have now a JCPOA without the US in it, but our economic growth will continue.”
“Now we have to wait and see what the six major countries will do in this situation. Our Foreign Ministry will begin talks with the European sides, China and Russia in a few weeks,” he said.
He went on to add, “if our talks lead to the conclusion that our cooperation with the remaining five countries would fulfill all the demands of the Iranian nation under the JCPOA, the agreement will stay despite the US and Israel’s efforts and Trump’s impudent remarks.”
“But if our interests are not met,” Rouhani continued, “I will soon inform the Iranian people of our decisions in this situation.”
To be updated…