Iran President Hassan Rouhani On
Trump's Decision Not To Certify Nuclear Deal
US president’s anti-Iran speech
pile of delusional claims: Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani says US President Donald
Trump’s speech against the Islamic Republic was
nothing more than insults and delirious talk.
“Mr. Trump’s remarks on Iran…contained nothing
but expletives and a pile of delusional allegations
against the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said in a
televised speech on Friday moments after
Trump delivered a speech outlining US strategy on
the Islamic Republic.
The US president refused to certify the 2015
international nuclear agreement between Iran and the
five permanent members of the UN Security Council
and warned he might ultimately terminate it, in
defiance of other world powers and undermining a
landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.
Trump said he would choose not to certify that
Tehran is complying with the nuclear deal, known as
the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Trump also said his goal is to ensure Iran would
never obtain a nuclear weapon, adding, "We will not
continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is
more violence, more terror and the very real threat
of Iran’s nuclear breakout."
While Trump did not pull Washington out of the
nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to
decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions
against Tehran that were lifted under the pact.
Reimposing sanctions would put the US at odds with
other signatories of the accord such as the UK,
France, China, Russia and Germany, as well as the
Rouhani urged the US president to brush up on
his world history and geography to improve his
comprehension of international obligations and
global ethics, etiquette and conventions.
Rouhani further pointed to the history of US
antagonism toward Iran, saying, "He has to study
history better and more closely and know what
they (US officials) have done to the Iranian
people over the past sixty-something years and
how they have treated the people of Iran during
the past 40 years after the victory of the
Revolution [in 1979]."
The Iranian president further rejected Trump's
demand that the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and
the five permanent members of the Security Council
plus Germany be revised, saying the agreement would
remain intact and no article or paragraph would be
added or taken away from it.
He added that one president alone cannot
abrogate an international deal, saying, “He [Trump]
apparently does not know that this is not a
bilateral document between Iran and the US for him
to act in any way he wishes.”
“The Iranian nation has not yielded to any power
and will not do so in the future,” Rouhani
said, emphasizing that many countries supported
former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the
imposed war against Iran in the 1980s but they
failed to defeat the Iranians.
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