Iran Opens New Chapter in Relations with World

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic has opened a new chapter in its relations with the world, as Tehran and the six world powers begin implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In a Sunday statement, President Rouhani congratulated the Iranian nation on the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries on July 14, 2015.

The Iranian president noted that the official announcement of the implementation of  JCPOA has desecuritized Iran’s nuclear case, and has led to removal of the “cruel” sanctions against the Islamic Republic, while establishing the nuclear rights of Iran.

Rouhani added that implementation of JCPOA will pave the way for Iran’s economy to be reintegrated into the global economy.

The Iranian president also stated that Iran reached the agreement with the world through “professional and complicated” negotiations while maintaining its dignity and strength.

“Implementation of JCPOA does not harm any country. Iran's friends are happy and its rivals must not be worried. We are not a threat against any government and nation,” President Rouhani emphasized.

“While being fully ready to safeguard Iran’s sovereignty, we are the messenger of peace, stability and security in the region and across the world,” he said.

Rouhani added that JCPOA is the outcome of resistance, determination and wisdom of a nation that opposes war and violence and has chosen the path of logic and negotiation.

The president noted that Iran has weathered the period of economic hardships and its national strategy is still "the strategy of the Economy of Resistance," which will connect the country's economy to global economy.

Rouhani also took part in an open session of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) on Sunday to submit the annual budget bill, noting that apart from Zionists, warmongers, hardliners in the US and those who seek to sow discord among the Islamic Ummah, other parties are happy with the implementation of JCPOA.

Rouhani added that JCPOA is just harbinger of a “new atmosphere and new conditions” which must be taken advantage of “in favor of the country’s growth and development and for the welfare of people as well as progress, stability and security of the region.”

He emphasized that during negotiations with the P5+1 group of countries, Iran managed to get big powers to recognize its nuclear rights.

The Iranian president said through the nuclear talks, Iran succeeded in defeating the Iranophobia project, adding, “We [managed] to repair the tarnished image that had been presented of us in the world and show that the Iranian government and nation are logical, [and] peace-loving while defending their rights with strength.”

Iran’s President has also hailed the implementation of the nuclear agreement between the country and the P5+1 group of countries, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a political victory for the Iranians.

“Today is the day of the victory of the people of Iran on the political arena,” Rouhani said in a televised address on Sunday, adding, “As of today, it is clear that our country has a big power called the power of diplomacy.”

“Many did not believe in this power,” he added. “They did not believe that our politicians and diplomats are able to sit at negotiating table with the most adept negotiators from world powers and conduct negotiations and defend the rights of their nation and their country.”

“Today is a historic day and an exceptional one in the political and economic history of the people of Iran,” said Rouhani.

“After 12 years of steadfastness and resistance as well as patience and sacrifice and also martyrdom of a number of nuclear [scientists] and on the back of indefatigable efforts of our nuclear scientists, diplomats, politicians, lawyers as well as the economic officials of the country, today, we are at a turning point,” he added.

The president noted that the JCPOA implementation proved that "we can interact with the world in the interest of our nation" without harming others' interests.

“The people of Iran proved that constructive interaction is the true and right way,” he said.

“From today on, Iran’s nuclear program will not, under false pretexts, be considered as a threat to peace and security for the world and the region,” Rouhani said, adding, “Now the nuclear program is being regarded as a plan for scientific, technological, business, and economic interaction and cooperation.”

“Iran’s nuclear program will be a means of new technology on the path of progress of the nation and stability and regional security.”

Rouhani also said in the light of the new development, Iran expects its economy to grow by as much as five percent in the next year. The president said, however, that the countryneeds to see an eight-percent economic growth rate.

To that end, he added, Iran needs "cutting-edge technologies" and "foreign investment."

“Today, it has turned out that the win-win policy is an accurate one. For those, who thought that either you need to cheat others or you will be cheated, it turned out that it is possible to speak to the world, to have dialog with the world and to reach an agreement that could be in the interests of the peoples of the region and the world,” said the Iranian chief executive, adding that the nuclear deal can be used as a model to resolve regional issues.

Rouhani stressed, “We would not taste the sweet taste of this great victory without the instructions and guidelines of the great Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and without the protection provided for this people by the religious jurisprudence.”

Rouhani also expressed hope that Saudi Arabia would reconsider its hostile policy vis-à-vis Iran, adding that Riyadh is going down "a wrong path."

“I hope that the new rulers in Saudi Arabia ... reconsider their behavior in the interest of the region and their own people,” he said, adding that the kingdom itself is the source of its problems with Iran.

The president, however, added, “Our administration, our people will not accept undiplomatic behavior and if necessary, we will give a firm response to certain behaviors.”

“Saudi Arabia’s problem emanates from inside Saudi Arabia,” Rouhani said.

“Regarding the Mina incident, the reaction of Saudi Arabia and its approaches did not fall within moral and diplomatic norms,” saying Riyadh did not offer an apology to the nations, which had lost their people in the disaster.
Riyadh’s behavior toward the people of the region “is not the right one,” Rouhani also noted, citing the kingdom’s continuing massacre of Yemenis in a military aggression it launched against the impoverished nation last March.

“Saudi Arabia started on the wrong path on its own. We hope it will not continue treading on that path…I hope that the new rulers in Saudi Arabia have already learnt the lesson and reconsider their behavior in the interest of the region and their own people.”

Source: Press TV

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