Rouhani: Nuclear deal 'big test' for parties

Iran's nuclear deal with world major powers was a 'big test' for all signatories and other states in the world, as keeping promise is the base of world trust in a state, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, APA reported citing IRNA.


Iran has been careful to stick to its obligations as it is committed when it makes a deal, Rouhani said, calling the commitment an honor to Iran.


If the other party, the villain side, the rival or the enemy pulls back from the deal, this will not be Iran's defeat, rather it is theirs, he added.


Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany signed a nuclear deal in 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran accepted to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has affirmed Iran's commitment eight times since implementing it in 2016.


IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano, speaking in an event in Rome on Monday, also affirmed Iran's commitment to the nuclear deal.


Remaining committed to the deal is tantamount to saving their own face, the Iranian president said.


The measures by US President Donald Trump will fuel the disarray within the country, Rouhani said, adding that if Washington decides to withdraw from the nuclear deal, it will become more apparent to the (US) people that it is a big loss for them.


President Trump has called the agreement the worst deal the US has ever entered. He has threatened to cancel the deal or renegotiate it.


Pointing to 'very few states that support the US measures', Rouhani said that Iran's approach is supported by the world, 'and even among the US allies in Europe, there is no party that backs cancelling the deal, since it is an international and not a bilateral one'.


Rouhani cautioned against the repercussions of a planned move by the US to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, saying the IRGC is popular not only in Iran but also in regional countries, Tasnim News reported. 


 “The IRGC is not just a military unit, but it has been in the hearts of the (Iranian) people and has defended our national interests in all times of danger,” he stressed.


Rouhani further said the IRGC is also popular in Iraq because it has saved Baghdad, among Iraq’s Kurds because it has saved Erbil, and among the Syrian and Lebanese people because of its major efforts to combat terrorism.


“OK, if you want to keep Daesh (the Islamic State group) in this region for 20 years and use it as a tool, then OK, it is your right to be angry with the Revolutionary Guards. Because the Revolutionary Guards, by their planning and support for the nations of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon have humiliated Daesh,” he added.



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