Rouhani: Iran to not ermit US to undermine nuclear deal (UPDATE2)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iranian administration and people will not permit the US president-elect, Donald Trump to undermine the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and the six world powers last year, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said.
Rouhani made the remarks during a ceremony marking National Student Day in Tehran University on Dec. 6, Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported.
“We and our nation will not let Trump to rip up the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action aka nuclear deal),” Rouhani said.
As Iran stood against all the world powers during the eight years of war with Iraq (1980-1988) and won, it would thwart all plots as well in the future and will overcome all problems, he added.
The US lawmakers have recently re-authorized the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which was first introduced in 1996 to punish investments in Iran's energy industry based on accusations that Tehran was pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
While Barack Obama is expected to approve the legislation on the renewal of sanctions against Iran for the next 10 years, Iranian leaders have sharply criticized the motion describing it as a breach of the last year’s landmark nuclear deal.
Rouhani said that the ISA is violating the JCPOA and if comes into force Iran will sharply respond to that.
Iran will react to the ISA even if the US president waves the bill after signing it, he added.
Rouhani further said that the issue will be discussed Dec. 7 and Iran will determine its appropriate reaction regarding the issue.
The Iranian president also said that no step was taken by Iran’s administration during the nuclear talks without approval of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
He added that Iran’s nuclear negotiating team moved within the guildines and orders of Khamenei at all stages of the talks.
The decisions regarding the nuclear talks were made after hours of meetings with Khamenei, he underlined.
Elsewhere in his remarks Rouhani said that Tehran is now exporting over 2.3 million barrels of oil per day thanks to the JCPOA which came into force in January 2016.
Under the international sanctions Iran’s oil export dropped from 2.3 to 1 million barrels a day.