TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In an open session of Parliament to defend his Energy and Science Ministers’ performance, Hassan Rouhani said “the US, with its adopted way, must abandon negotiation with the world”.
“The Iranian nation is the supporter of the region’s oppressed against terrorism and separatism” the President challenged the Americans, asking “it were you that sheltered hypocrites and formed Daesh, you are compassionate for the region?”
Pointing out to the US claim on renegotiating JCPOA, Rouhani noted that adherence to covenant is a universal and meta-religion principle, a principle which is indicative of a nation’s civilization and a government’s credibility.
“We do not hesitate to manufacture a weapon to defend ourselves. Iran’s path of defense strength is powerful and not in contrast with any international law. So, we toughly response to any breach of covenant,” the Iranian President asserted.
A nuclear deal known as JCPOA went into effect in 2015 when signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.
Eight IAEA reports have confirmed Iran’s full commitment to its side of the bargain since January 2016 when the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany went into effect.
The US which is the other party to the agreement has however failed to fulfill its commitments, with President Donald Trump threatening to withdraw Washington from the deal.
Earlier this month, Trump refused to formally certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear accord and warned that he might ultimately "terminate" it, putting the fate of the deal in limbo.
Now, the US Congress should decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the nuclear agreement.
The US has also demanded inspections of Iran’s military sites, which the Islamic Republic has vehemently rejected.