Tehran Ready for Talks If Sanctions Lifted: Iran President

Hassan Rouhani - President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Iranian president says Tehran is ready for negotiations with the US if its sanctions against the country are lifted.

Hassan Rouhani made the comment while reiterating that Iran lived up to its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) unlike Washington which withdrew from the agreement unilaterally.

“We did not breach our commitments under the JCPOA. In the Shanghai meeting, two of world leaders said Iran had secured a great political and ethical victory in history. The Americans failed to do anything and have been defeated in all international, political and legal circles. We, the Iranian nation, have managed to display our power,” said Rouhani.

He said Israel prompted the US to pull out of the JCPOA.

“It was wicked Israel that caused the US to withdraw from the JCPOA,” he said.

“Some reactionaries in the region also acknowledged that the US was under pressure to pull out of the JCPOA. Washington’s breach of commitments coupled with the animosity of some of our enemies was the reason behind Washington’s pullout from the JCPOA,” said the president.

He then touched upon Iran’s stance following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.

“We have given the P5+1 countries time. Some of them have taken some steps. The Europeans either didn’t want to, or couldn’t take any steps. And the US is left alone as far as the JCPOA is concerned,” President Rouhani said.

“The world stood up to the US, and this is because of Iran’s strategic patience,” he noted, highlighting the importance of people’s resistance to tackle sanctions.

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