(Persia Digest) – The President of the IR of Iran has proposed to the US President that if US Congress ratifies the JCPOA and permanently lifts all sanctions, he will follow-up on the immediate ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the Iranian Parliament as a permanent law.
Speaking with US foreign policy analysts in New York on Wednesday evening, Hassan Rouhani said the sanctions are inhumane, adding: “Iran is totally united against these and, contrary to expectations in Washington, US maximum pressure has rallied together all parties and factions in naming the US as the only perpetrator of current obstacles in all sectors.”
He pointed out that the JCPOA was the best deal that could be reached, saying: “All IAEA reports confirmed the commitment of the Islamic Republic to its obligations despite the US pulling out of the deal. This shows that Iran is not seeking to deviate from nuclear regulations. Iran is ready to follow-up the immediate ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the Iranian Parliament as a permanent law if Congress ratifies the JCPOA and lifts all sanctions.”
He added: “Two points must be elucidated about Iran. Firstly, it is not seeking nuclear weapons and never will. Secondly, as I said in my UNGA speech about the “Hormuz Peace Endeavor” (Omid [Hope]), the IR of Iran wants to establish peace and stability in the entire region and will welcome any countries who join the initiative.”
Rouhani wrapped up by stressing that the maximum pressure policy on Iran has failed and it is the US who has unilaterally pulled out of the JCPOA; hence, it is the US who must find its way back to the talks.
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