Rouhani Zaps U.S. Exit From Nuclear Deal, Extols Russia, China

Published June 12th, 2018 - 01:00 GMT
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (AFP/ File Photo)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (AFP/ File Photo)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized US “unilateralism” in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and said on Sunday he appreciated efforts by China and Russia to maintain the agreement.

“The US efforts to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all,” Rouhani told the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China and Russia where Iran has observer status.

“The recent example of such unilateralism and the defiance of the decisions of the international community by the US government is its withdrawal from the JCPOA,” he said, referring to the nuclear agreement by its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted international sanctions on Tehran. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atom bomb if it chose to do so.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking after Rouhani, expressed “regret” that Washington had withdrawn from the nuclear deal.

However, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that his country will not keep to European promises and demands that the European Union clarifies its stance on the 2015 nuclear deal sooner.

“Time for negotiations is running out. If Europe sees itself able to preserve the nuclear deal, it should declare its stance sooner and more clearly,” Larijani told a session of the parliament.

Each of the European Union, China and Russia have announced their intention to salvage the nuclear deal and tried to persuade Tehran to stay after the US exit, but some senior officials in Iran are skeptical of European positions and accuse them of sharing roles with Washington.

But Iran still chooses to demand financial and legal guarantees to stay in the nuclear deal. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared five basic conditions for Tehran's stay in the nuclear deal, namely that the European countries undertaking not to question Iran’s ballistic missile program and Tehran's regional role, in addition to issuing a resolution condemning the US for withdrawing from the agreement and providing guarantees including confronting US sanctions and establishing banking relations with Iranian banks.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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