News ID: 255793
Published: 0247 GMT July 14, 2019

President: We are always ready for talks

President: We are always ready for talks
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President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran is always ready for talks, but we do don’t surrender to bullying.

Speaking at the Administrative Council of North Khorasan Province, he added, we have changed our strategy towards nuclear deal recently and adopted countermeasures. If they reduce their commitment, we will do so, if they breach it, we will do so, if they return to the deal we will return to it too.

Referring to US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Rouhani said the United States has reimposed sanctions and has left the negotiation table.

If they lift the sanctions and get back to the negotiation table, we are always ready for talks.

Rouhani told a large crowd of people in the northeastern city of Shirvan, North Khorasan Province, that whatever the US has tried against Iran, including “the harshest of sanctions”, had wound up in failure.

“It’s been 14 months that the world’s largest economic and military power has been imposing the harshest of sanctions against the Iranian nation, sanctions that would have taken any other nation down,” the president said. “But the heroic, vigilant, and resistant nation of Islamic Iran has firmly withstood those sanctions over this period.

“Whatever path the Americans took — be it social, political, and legal — led to failure.”

He cited recent meetings of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where the US failed to advance its agenda against Iran.

“At the IAEA’s Board of Governors meeting last week, except for a few countries, all other countries supported the Iranian nation, and this showed that no country in the world was paying attention to Americans' claims.  This means the victory and success of the Iranian nation.”

The emergency meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog was held on Wednesday at the US request to weigh Iran’s reduction of commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal in response to the US withdrawal from the multilateral accord and the restoration of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The US representative used the to accuse Iran of “nuclear extortion” after it inched past the deal’s limit on enrichment levels, while still offering to hold talks with Tehran.

But Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi said at the meeting it was an "oddity" and a "sad irony that this meeting is convened at the request of the United States…, the country that declared the nuclear deal to be a 'terrible deal.'

He said the current impasse was the result of the US "outlaw behavior" and condemned what he called the "sadistic tendency" of the US to impose sanctions on Iran.

Russia's Ambassador to the IAEA Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted after the meeting that the US "was practically isolated on this issue."

At the meeting, Ulyanov said that the US could not both reject the deal and call for Iran's full implementation of it.

Last year, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed what he called the “toughest ever” sanctions against Tehran, notably targeting its energy sector.

Those sanctions have hurt the Iranian economy, but all of the other parties to the Iran deal, which have stayed in the agreement, have been holding meetings with Tehran to discuss how they can make the pact properly work for the Iranian side as well.

Tehran has said it would potentially scrap the deal if its partners failed to do enough for Iran to achieve the economic benefits that it is promised under the agreement.

Press TV and AP contributed to this report.

 

 

 

   
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