News ID: 231701
Published: 1239 GMT September 23, 2018

Rouhani: US isolated after withdrawal from JCPOA

Rouhani: US isolated after withdrawal from JCPOA

Political Desk

President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday the United States became isolated after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal with world powers.

“Trump wanted to have his allies with him and get the Europeans onboard so that they pull out of the deal, but no government supported him except for two hateful regimes in our region,” Rouhani said, apparently alluding to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

He made the remarks at a military parade in Tehran marking the start of Iraq’s 1980-88 war against Iran.

He criticized Trump for failing to respect international law and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, that has been endorsed the Security Council.

“Today, around the world, the political, legal and moral victory is for the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said, adding that Iran remained committed to the nuclear deal and international law.

Tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United States after Trump dropped out the multilateral nuclear deal in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month.

"Today, it is no more a proxy war. The US has directly stood against the Iranians nation and began reneging on its pledge," Rouhani said.

The Iranian president said Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein.

"Saddam did not achieve its objective during the imposed war despite being supported by all global and regional powers," Rouhani said.

"We won back our territory from the aggressor. The UN and the Security Council designated Saddam as the person who began the war and all the countries that had helped Saddam later expressed regret and confessed to their crimes," he said.

"The same story will happen to Trump and America will suffer the same fate as Saddam."

Today, 38 years into Saddam's invasion and violation of the 1975 Algiers agreement, the US government is repeating the same story of Saddam, Rouhani pointed out.


Boosting defense capabilities

Rouhani stressed that Iran would not abandon its weapons and would rather boost them.

"Iran will neither abandon its defensive weapons nor decrease its defensive capability. We will increase our defensive power day by day. The fact that you are angry about our missiles means that our most effective weapon is our missile.”

Reuters, Press TV and contributed to this story.






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