The Iranian president says the United States is not legally authorized to trigger the so-called “snapback” mechanism to reinstate UN sanctions against Iran.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Washington has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and, hence, is not legally authorized to invoke the sanctions.
“It is stipulated in that mechanism (snapback) that signatories or one of the signatories to the JCPOA can use this mechanism. However, the US cannot use this mechanism as it has clearly announced that it has pulled out of the JCPOA, and that it is the worst agreement, and has withdrawn from it,” said Rouhani.
He then criticized some people who claim the US would not have been able to withdraw from the JCPOA if the foundation of the agreement were stronger.
“Is there an agreement which the US has not pulled out of?” asked the president rhetorically.
“You are saying that the foundation of the JCPOA was not strong enough, but how about the US withdrawal from the WTO, UNESCO, NAFTA and the Paris Climate Agreement? Was their foundation weak, too? The US has pulled out of whatever useful agreements,” said Rouhani.
He then touched upon sanctions, which, he added, has put Iranian people under pressure, and said, “We are standing up to these sanctions, which will come to an end one day … and the rule of tyrants at the White House will not last forever, either.”