News ID: 219469
Published: 0638 GMT August 06, 2018
Rouhani praises five signatories of JCPOA, says waiting for their practical measures

Rouhani: We always favor talks, but talks need honesty

Rouhani: We always favor talks, but talks need honesty
SOURCE: PRESIDENT.IR

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Monday night praised the five signatories of the Iran nuclear deal for their political stances against the US sanctions, adding the European countries, Russia and China have promised to ignore the upcoming US sanctions in November.

He made the remarks in a live televised interview broadcast by Iranian TV and said the European countries have taken stances, held talks, passed laws, and clearly announced that the US measure is unacceptable. Not only Europe, but other countries too have taken similar stances.

We are not isolated in the world, except few countries, all other countries are on the side of Iran and consider it a trustworthy partner, Rouhani said.

The main problem of the European countries is related to the firms that may be subject to the US sanctions, hence we are waiting for their practical measures.   

We are to hold a meeting with the five countries, particularly with the European countries at the ministerial level on sideline of the UN General Assembly Session in late August.

The Five countries have promised us to resist the US sanctions so that we will be able to sell our oil and preserve our banking relations, he said.

China is our main trade partner, he said, our relations with China is better than those with Europe.

On the sideline of Shanghai Summit, the Chinese promised me to continue their relations with Iran. Both Russia and China have promised to fulfill their commitments and resist the US sanctions. When Total announced that it will withdraw, China announced that it will continue its cooperation and implement its contract, he said.

We favor good relations with all countries, but currently Asian countries are very important for us, he said, we have expanding relations with China, India and ASEAN member states, but there is no obstacle in the way of expanding ties with Europe.

Ready to talk with US, but talks need honesty

 

Referring to Donald Trump offer of talks, Iranian President said Iran is always in favor of diplomacy and talks, but talks need honesty.

He added the US re-imposes sanctions on Iran and pulls out of the nuclear deal, and then wants to hold talks with us," referring to US President Donald Trump’s offer of unconditional talks.

The US administration is no more able to prove its trustworthiness for any negotiations after its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a number of other international treaties.

In his interview, Rouhani answered questions on Iran's domestic issues and foreign developments, particularly after the US withdrawal from a landmark nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May.

He added that the US must first prove itself willing to solve problems through negotiations after its withdrawal from the JCPOA.

"Negotiations with sanctions doesn't make sense. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation," Iran's chief executive said.

The Iranian president further stated that a recent call by US President Donald Trump for direct talks with Iran was only aimed at creating division in the country.

"Trump's call for direct talks is only for domestic consumption in America ... and to create division in Iran," Rouhani pointed out.

The US president said on July 30 that he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, “any time they want to.”

“It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Trump said.

In reaction to the US president, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US should blame itself for ending talks with Iran when it left the JCPOA.

During the televised interview, Rouhani said by withdrawing from the JCPOA, Trump aimed to make Iran leave the nuclear accord as well to lose all it had achieved through the deal.

He said Trump did not want its anti-Iran sanctions to be unilateral and wanted the entire world to impose sanctions on Iran, but he failed to achieve this goal.

“Even today, which sanctions have been re-imposed [by the United States], Europe has stood against America. This is while Europe was always an ally of America,” the Iranian president said.

He made the remarks in a live televised interview broadcast by Iranian TV and added the US re-imposes sanctions on Iran and pulls out of the nuclear deal, and then wants to hold talks with us," referring to US President Donald Trump’s offer of unconditional talks.

The US administration is no more able to prove its trustworthiness for any negotiations after its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a number of other international treaties.

In his interview, Rouhani answered questions on Iran's domestic issues and foreign developments, particularly after the US withdrawal from a landmark nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May.

He added that the US must first prove itself willing to solve problems through negotiations after its withdrawal from the JCPOA.

"Negotiations with sanctions doesn't make sense. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation," Iran's chief executive said.

The Iranian president further stated that a recent call by US President Donald Trump for direct talks with Iran was only aimed at creating division in the country.

"Trump's call for direct talks is only for domestic consumption in America ... and to create division in Iran," Rouhani pointed out.

The US president said on July 30 that he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, “any time they want to.”

“It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Trump said.

In reaction to the US president, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US should blame itself for ending talks with Iran when it left the JCPOA.

During the televised interview, Rouhani said by withdrawing from the JCPOA, Trump aimed to make Iran leave the nuclear accord as well to lose all it had achieved through the deal.

He said Trump did not want its anti-Iran sanctions to be unilateral and wanted the entire world to impose sanctions on Iran, but he failed to achieve this goal.

“Even today, which sanctions have been re-imposed [by the United States], Europe has stood against America. This is while Europe was always an ally of America,” the Iranian president said.

   
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