TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “Trump is making a mistake thinking that the JCPOA is a commitment made by the Democrats. The JCPOA is the US administration’s commitment,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Rouhani said that Iran would stay in the nuclear deal as long as its interests are met. “Whether or not the US stays in the JCPOA, it will not affect our decision. Our decision is made based on meeting our interests in the agreement.”
He expressed satisfaction that US President Donald Trump could not implement what he used to shout during his presidential campaign over ‘tearing up’ the deal after one year he took the office.
The nuclear deal is so strong to resist during the year, Rouhani said.
Rouhani added that Iran has its own principles and would keep preserving the deal based on those principles.
“We will not start violating the JCPOA. Nothing will be added or removed from from the JCPOA. No line will be added or removed from the JCPOA. We believe that the JCPOA has nothing to do with other issues. The JCPOA is a commitment among 7 countries and an international commitment certified by the UN Security Council.”
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.