TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “What is important about the JCPOA is the issue of understanding and a win-win situation,” he said at the last at the last meeting of his cabinet on Sunday.
Rouhani categorically denied allegations made by US President Donald Trump and opponents of Iran who described the deal as the “worst deal ever” and accused Iran of having deceived others.
“Certainly, the JCPOA benefits and will benefit of Iran, region and the entire world and anyone who wants to damage the JCPOA will hurt himself and his country,” he added.
The president also warned that if the US stands against the deal, the whole world will stand up to the US, contrary to four years ago when Iran was alone.
“Today, if anyone wants to take a measure against Iran regarding the JCPOA, all [countries] will be with us and against the one who wants to weaken the JCPOA,” Rouhani pointed out.
The nuclear deal officially called the Joint Comprehended Plan of Action (JCPOA) was inked between Iran and the P5+1 countries — namely the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany — in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016.
Under the deal, which was later endorsed by a United Nations Security Council resolution, limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related bans imposed on the Islamic Republic, among other things.
The UN nuclear watchdog has invariably certified Iran’s commitment to its obligations under the accord.
On the contrary, the Trump administration, which took over in January 2017, one year after the JCPOA came into force, has taken a hostile stance toward the deal, repeatedly threatening to tear it up.