News ID: 202605
Published: 0521 GMT October 18, 2017

Rouhani: Washington’s traditional allies siding with Tehran over JCPOA

Rouhani: Washington’s traditional allies siding with Tehran over JCPOA
A handout picture provided by the Iranian Presidency on October 7, 2017 shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a ceremony at Tehran University marking the beginning of new Iranian academic year. (AFP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Washington’s traditional allies are siding with Tehran over the nuclear deal.

Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday referring to Trump’s recent razzmatazz concerning the domestic certification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reported.

US President Donald Trump on October 13 refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

Trump has refused to certify the Iran nuclear agreement.

While Trump did not pull Washington out of the JCPOA, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the pact. Reimposing sanctions would put the US at odds with other signatories to the accord and the European Union.

“Even Washington’s traditional allies, such as Europe, not only refrained from supporting the US government, but also they immediately issued statements and gave speeches announcing their decisive opposition and stressed their support for the JCPOA and cooperation with Iran,” said Rouhani.

On Monday, European Union foreign ministers reaffirmed their support for the historic nuclear agreement, saying the accord is working and is a key part of non-proliferation efforts.

EU foreign ministers reaffirm their support for the JCPOA, saying the accord is a key part of non-proliferation efforts.

Rouhani also said that the Trump administration’s disregard for international agreements has put Washington on a path of isolation and discredit.

While slamming Trump over his baseless allegations against Tehran, Rouhani further expressed confidence that the Iranian nation’s solidarity along with the international community’s support for the nuclear deal will pressure the US into reviewing its anti-Tehran policies.

The Iranian president also noted that the stability and calmness in the market has proved that Iran's economy is now resistible to foreign political pressures.

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