Rouhani blames US for Mideast instability
President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday renewed Iran's ultimatum to scale back its commitments under a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal in the absence of "a proper response" from the remaining signatories.
"Obviously, Iran cannot unilaterally remain the sole party committed to the JCPOA," Rouhani told the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.
Rouhani said Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has repeatedly been verified by the UN nuclear agency.
The president pointed to the US pullout from the JCPOA and its reimposition of illegal sanctions on Tehran, saying Iran still believes that the remaining sides could play an important role in increasing regional global and stability if they honored their obligations.
"Other countries also need to pay their share to save this important agreement," he added.
Rouhani touched on Iran's decision last month to walk away from some of the restrictions of the nuclear deal in response to the other parties' failure to uphold their side of the bargain.
"Now that our utmost goodwill and strategic patience in one hand and the US violation of law on the other hand have been proven to everyone, the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to reduce its commitments based on articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA to restore balance to the agreement while being ready for any interaction," Rouhani said.
"If we don't receive a proper response, we will inevitably take further measures," he added.
The JCPOA was signed between Iran and six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China. Washington, however, left the accord in May 2018, leaving the future of the historic deal in limbo.
Critical of Washington’s move, the European parties to the JCPOA vowed efforts to keep the deal in place by protecting Iran against the US sanctions, but did little in practice.
Iran said in May that it would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world powers protected its economy from US sanctions within 60 days.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would adhere to the agreement and urged other signatories to follow suit.
“We believe that the only sensible decision is for all deal participants to honor commitments,” Putin told the conference.
Washington has ratcheted up pressure on Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and activities in the Middle East.
Tehran has said its nuclear program is peaceful and will not be stopped, says its missile work is for defense and accuses the United States of destabilizing the region.
'Iran a powerful barrier against terror'
In his address, the Iranian president also said the Islamic Republic has acted as "a powerful block" against the Takfiri terrorism in both Syria and Iraq, and prevented the spread of the scourge to other parts of the world.
Rouhani hailed Iran's "meritorious" role in providing peace and stability in the region and the world.
He further blasted the US for turning the Middle East into one of the most unstable regions through their interference in domestic affairs of the countries and their support for terrorism as well as their blatant violation of international accords.
Reuters and Press TV contributed to this story.