Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian in a televised interview elaborated on the achievements of President Hassan Rouhani’s recent trip to New York and his attendance in the United Nations General Assembly.
“Iran’s active diplomacy and the policy of constructive cooperation are based on the expansion of relations with all those who want to have good and friendly ties with Iran,” he noted, according to a report by IRNA, as translated by IFP.
As regards the achievements of President Rouhani’s trip to New York, Nahavandian said, “The president held 24 official meetings on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the UNGA summits: 9 meetings held with the heads of countries and major economic figures, 11 meetings with non-European officials and three meetings with the neighbours of Iran, namely Pakistan, Turkey and Iraq.”
Economic Recovery Is Government’s Top Priority
Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to the country’s economic conditions as the main policy of the government, and said, “Iran’s economy has been most successful in dealing with the challenging oil slump during the recent years. This challenge created many problems in oil-producing countries, including the rising inflation; however, we experienced inflation drop and rising economy in Iran.”
The top politician further referred to Iran’s objection to the USA’s stonewalling in the implementation of the nuclear deal known as JCPOA, and added, “We objected to the US delay and procrastination in the JCOPA implementation. According to the text of JCPOA, relations should be normalized with Iran after the termination of nuclear sanctions. The USA’s unilateral sanctions are still in place and that is unacceptable to Iran.
Europeans Are on Iran’s Side in Implementing JCPOA
“We have officially protested against the US sabotage in the implementation of JCPOAs. The issue has been discussed in the meetings at the levels of minister and deputy minister. They finally decided to submit an official objection to the US. Iran issued its complaint once the Europeans were consistent with Iran as well.”
He went on to say that one of the achievements of JCPOA is that Europeans are also protesting at the Americans’ lack of cooperation and doubles-standard policies.
“They are questioning the US unilateral and non-nuclear sanctions.”
As regards the recent positive stance of EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini towards JCPOA, Nahavandian said: The European Union foreign policy chief has made clear in her speech that Iran should receive tangible economic gains, while the Europeans also possess the same position, so all discourse is directed at the Americans. Right now, EU has no sanctions against Iran while prior to the JCPOA, EU stood beside the US and even imposed unilaterally numerous sanctions against Iran. The great success of JCPOA is not only some of the UN Security Council resolutions were cancelled at once but also the EU sanctions were lifted.
Iran Opposed to US Policies in Middle East
With regard to the US policies in the region, he emphasized, “Our reactions correspond to the actions. One of our objections to the US is its wrong and catastrophic policies in our region. In the past 40 years, Iran has always held appropriate stances, while the US stance and policies have been wrong and problematic. From the beginning, Iran has not sought sectarian policies but logical and peaceful ones.”
Iran’s Official Complaint against Washington
Nahavandian further referred to the US seizure of $2bn of Iranian assets, and added, “President Rouhani explicitly talked about the issue in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly. We will seriously pursue our International complaint.”
He went on to say that Iran has employed experienced lawyers to pursue the case in the international and political bodies.
“Our top priority is to take advantage of the new conditions provided after the JCPOA,” he added.