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Iranian officials lineup against Trump’s plan to decertify JCPOA

Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Recently US President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the historic nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, the move have strongly criticized by top Iranian officials, sparking tough reactions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the advantages that Iran gleaned from a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement are “irreversible” and no one can roll back the positive results of the accord.

In a ceremony marking the beginning of the new educational year for universities at the Tehran University on Saturday (Oct 7), Rouhani said:

In the nuclear negotiations and the [resultant] JCPOA agreement, we gained things and advantages that are irreversible. No one can reverse them, neither Mr. Trump nor anyone else,” President Rouhani said, referring to the deal by its official abbreviation. “If 10 other Trumps emerged in the world [and attempted to undo the deal’s benefits], the benefits would be irreversible.”

Also, FM Zarif, in an interview with Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera, has highlighted that the United States is addicted to imposing sanctions but after four decades of such bans Iran is invulnerable.

The United States has had a policy of imposing sanctions on Iran for the past 40 years. Basically, they have immunized us to US sanctions,” he added in response to a question about speculations on a possible decision by Trump and the US Congress to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Soltaniyeh said US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal would be a historic blunder.

US walk away from the international accord will not only be a historic mistake but also it will entail consequences,” Soltanieh said in an exclusive interview with the Spanish daily El Pais.

The claim of Iran violating the deal is made by the US while Tehran has seriously been in compliance with the contents of the deal, he noted.

Moreover, MP Boroujerdi reiterated that US Congress is not able to decertify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.

Boroujerdi made the remarks Saturday while talking about US President Donald Trump’s possible decision to shift responsibility to the US Congress on Iran’s lack of commitment to nuclear deal.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a qualified body has verified Iran’s compliance with JCPOA, he said.

He went on t say that US will be the loser of the game Trump has entered under the pressure of Zionists since he is after putting pressure against Iran.

Besides,cthe Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari cautioned the US government of the dire consequences of imposing new sanction against Iran.

Should the US carry out the so-called Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), it will then have to relocate its regional bases out of the reach of Iran’s missiles, which have a range of 2,000 kilometers, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander said.

In another development, Tehran’s envoy to Britain Hamid Baeedinejad in a message described the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the only competent authority to address Iran’s commitments under JCPOA.

Many countries and political leaders in the world are waiting for the decision of the US government to declare their final policy on JCPOA. There are plenty of behind-the-scenes talks to influence Trump’s decision, and based on this, several formulas and methods for adopting a new US policy are underway,” he underlined.

The JCPOA, short for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries — namely the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany — in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016. Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

However, the administration of US President Donald Trump, which took over in January 2017, one year after the JCPOA came into force, has been opposed to the accord. Trump himself has verbally attacked the deal numerous times and is reportedly planning to refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal at a mid-October deadline under an American law.

 

*Source: Theiranproject

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