US pressures make Iran more cohesive/ JCPOA was best deal possible/ Iran's proposal; urgent ratification of the Additional Protocol in the Iranian parliament and immediate ratification and lifting of all sanctions at the US Congress

Speaking Wednesday evening in New York in a meeting with US foreign policy elites and experts, the president said that US inhumane sanctions would not help them achieve their goals, and there is complete unanimity within Iran in this regard.

Thu 26 - September 2019 - 07:35

Dr Hassan Rouhani added, "Contrary to Washington's expectation, US pressures have made all parties and groups in Iran to consider US as the sole culprit of current problems in various fields".

The president noted that JCPOA was the best deal that could be reached, adding, "Numerous IAEA reports confirming Iran's compliance with its commitments, despite US withdrawal from the deal, show that Iran does not seek to deviate from nuclear laws and regulations".

"Iran is ready to pursue the immediate ratification of the Additional Protocol in the Iranian Parliament, as a permanent law, in exchange for the US Congress' approval of the JCPOA and permanent lift of all sanctions," he said.

Referring to the current turmoil in the region, the president said, "The Yemeni people are under heavy bombardment provided by the US and some European countries. The countries that have judged Aramco in the recent incident and accused Iran, are not neutral in the Yemeni war and have no right to judge. These policies need to be revised, and continuing this process can lead to a catastrophe".

Dr Rouhani said, "There are two things to know about Iran. First, Iran does not and will not seek nuclear weapons. And second, as I described in my address to the UN General Assembly on the Hormuz Peace or Endeavour (HOPE) Coalition, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been and will continue to seek peace and stability throughout the region, and welcomes other countries to join the coalition".

In the Q&A section, the president referred to the current dangerous conditions in the region and said that avoiding conflict is everybody's responsibility.

In response to US officials' accusations against Iran in the recent Saudi oil facilities attack, he said, " Those who publish a photo of a minor incident in Iran, why don't they provide their proofs and detailed satellite images of the origin of the missiles, rather than accusing Iran?"

In another part of his speech, Dr Rouhani described the issue of prisoners as a humanitarian issue, which would have a positive effect on both sides.

The president also said, "Although Iran does not agree with Zionism, it has a good relationship with the Jews. They are living freely in Iran. Judaism is respected by us as a divine religion, and the Holy Qur'an mentions the Jewish prophets as well as Prophet Jesus Christ and Saint Mary. ".

"We are not looking for war and killing others, but it is Israel that has repeatedly violated the sovereignty of its neighbours and, according to their own Prime Minister, they have carried out acts of aggression against Syria more than 200 times. These acts are very dangerous and according to the UN Charter, the people of the region have the right to self-defense".

At the end of his remarks, the president emphasised that the policy of pressure on Iran would not work, and that it was the US that had left the negotiation table with its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and that it is up to them to provide the conditions for negotiation.

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