1048 GMT October 21, 2019
“What we have gained so far is a big victory for the Iranian nation,” the president said during in a press conference in Tehran, Press TV reported.
He said the sanctions imposed against Iran are both cruel and inhumane as the sanctions even targeted foodstuff, medicine and medical equipment, among other basic things.
The scale of the sanctions was vast, he said, but the administration has managed the effects of the sanctions through its policies over the past two years.
We are doing our best to reach an agreement with the P5+1 that abides by all the red lines and that safeguards all the interests of the Iranian nation, the president said.
He said the Islamic Republic is very serious in the negotiations and, while it is in no rush for an agreement, it will do its best to achieve it on time.
Progress in nuclear talks
He said the negotiations are progressing in general, although there are disagreements.
The president said the removal of the sanctions will be simultaneous with the implementation of the deal.
He said, however, that Iran’s negotiating partners, once having reached certain general agreements with Iran, once again resorts to bargaining in future sessions of negotiations. If this repeats, President Rouhani said, the negotiations may last longer.
To another question, Rouhani responded that the mechanism and timeframe of the implementation of the measures that Iran and the P5+1 would commit themselves to under a potential deal are still being discussed in the nuclear negotiations.
Responding to a question on whether Iran will allow inspections of military sites and interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists as part of a potential deal with the P5+1, Rouhani said the country will never allow its state secrets to be accessed by foreigners under the pretext of international treaties or conventions.
In his introductory remarks, Rouhani said people’s epic participation in the presidential election in 2013 showed that they sought a bright economic and political future.
The administration, he said, has done its best to make good on all of its campaign pledges, including the betterment of economic and political conditions and the enhancement of relations with the world.
He said that, in addition to the nuclear rights of the Iranian nation, their right to have access to the world market is also one that has to be safeguarded.
In line with this objective, the Iranian administration launched negotiations with world powers, he added.
Responding to an economic question, the president said the administration has sought to slow down the rate of inflation growth, which has already been accomplished.
Speaking on the regional policies of the Islamic Republic, the president said the administration is committed to helping regional countries maintain their stability, particularly through providing help in the fight against terrorism.
Rouhani said the territorial integrity of regional countries must be protected, and the disintegration of countries will be detrimental to all. He also said the power of the central governments in Iraq and Syria has to be boosted for them to be able to better protect their territorial integrity. The Islamic Republic, he said, has drawn on and will continue to draw on all of its capabilities to help the governments of the countries in that regard.