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02/07/17

President Rouhani says Iran nuclear deal benefits everyone

Source: Press TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is an agreement that offers benefits to all the parties involved.


 

Speaking at a ceremony in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Tuesday, President Rouhani referred to the recent remarks by US President Donald Trump, who has called the Iran deal "the worst... ever negotiated," and countered by saying that the deal is to the benefit of all.

Referring to the nuclear negotiations that culminated in the deal in July 2015, the Iranian president said, "We were able to present our arguments to a big political power and to get the negotiations - with logic, rationality, and dignity - to a point where America's new president now cannot tolerate it."

"Of course," President Rouhani stressed, "this is a win-win deal and to the benefit of everyone and the region."
The nuclear accord, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached between Iran on the one side, and the US, the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia on the other.

The administration of US President Donald Trump, which took over on January 20 this year, has said the deal did not benefit American businesses as much as it did those of the other parties to the agreement. He has previously threatened to unilaterally scrap it but faces pressure from the rest of the parties, which say the deal must stand.

President Rouhani said in his Tuesday remarks that the nuclear deal can be a model for dozens of other negotiations to be held and lead to the security and stability of the region. He referred as an example of such talks to the negotiations going on in the Kazakh capital of Astana in an effort to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

In January, Astana hosted two days of discussions between the Syrian government and opposition groups. Iran, Russia, and Turkey had organized the talks and acted as mediators. Experts from the three countries and the United Nations also held a follow-up technical meeting in Astana on Monday.

Zarif concerned over fate of nuclear deal under Trump, says tough days ahead

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed worries over the future of the nuclear accord, saying that "difficult days are ahead" as he expects U.S. President Donald Trump will seek to renegotiate the deal.


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
(file photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

"I believe Trump may try to renegotiate," Zarif said in an interview with the Tehran-based newspaper Ettelaat.

"It's clear that neither Iran nor Europe will accept a re-examination of the deal. So, we have difficult days ahead."

The nuclear deal, signed between Iran and six world powers including the U.S., removed a slew of sanctions on Iran in exchange for it rolling back its nuclear program.

During his presidential trail, the businessman-turned-politician Trump branded the nuclear pact a "disaster", "the worst deal ever negotiated" and a "nuclear holocaust."

Also, in a speech to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC in March, Trump stated that his "Number-One priority" would be to "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran."

Any review of the agreement, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, will face resistance from the international community as well, Zarif reminded.

The Iranian diplomat further said that going back on the deal is impossible as it is not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the U.S.

In a similar tone, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in December said renegotiating the nuclear deal "is like saying that we should turn a shirt back to cotton," reducing Trump's remarks as "empty talk."

"I consider it unlikely that anything will happen in practice," he added.

Other signatories to the accord have voiced their support for the deal.
Helga Schmid, Secretary General of the European Union's foreign policy service in Brussels, highlighted "there is a misunderstanding that you can renegotiate this agreement."

"It's a multilateral agreement, that cannot be renegotiated bilaterally," she stated.

Iran's top diplomat Abbas Araqchi is due to arrive in Moscow today for talks on a range of issues including the fate of the nuclear deal under the Trump administration.


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