US Violations of JCPOA Destructive, Warns Rouhani

US Violations of JCPOA Destructive, Warns Rouhani
Sat Aug 5, 2017 18:26:54

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the United States’ repeated violations of the landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would have a “destructive” impact on the deal’s implementation.

“The recurrent breaches of commitments by the US government and its move to impose new sanctions on Iran have had negative impacts on Iran’s public opinion,” Rouhani said in a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran on Saturday.

“They can be destructive in the course of the implementation of the JCPOA,” he added.
He emphasized that the Iranian Parliament would certainly pass legislation to reciprocate the new US measures.

He said the JCPOA played a leading role in promoting regional stability and improving Iran’s relations with world countries and added that all sides shoulder a heavy responsibility to safeguard this agreement.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always remained committed to implementing the JCPOA and will fulfill its commitments as long as the opposite side does not violate it,” Rouhani said.
He stressed the importance of the “immediate and complete” implementation of “an important part” of the JCPOA that facilitates Iran’s economic, banking and trade relations with other countries.

“There are very appropriate grounds for investment in Iran in various sectors such as energy, oil, gas and petrochemistry and we can have good cooperation with Europe in all fields in line with the expansion of relations,” the Iranian president pointed out.

Rouhani further said Iran saw no obstacles to promotion of relations with the EU and expressed hope the two sides would further boost cooperation on various regional and international issues.

“Iran and the European Union took positive and important steps to expand relations and cooperation over the past four years and these ties will be very important at a time that different parts of the world, particularly the Middle East region, are experiencing concerns, tensions and numerous complicated problems,” he stated.

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