JCPOA Too Strong to Be Easily Scrapped: Iranian President

JCPOA Too Strong to Be Easily Scrapped: Iranian President

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said over the past year, Washington has been seeking to ruin the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but it has gotten nowhere due to the strength of the deal.

“The US government has made every effort to ruin the JCPOA over the past year but it has not succeeded to date,” Rouhani said in a televised interview on Tuesday night.

“This means that the agreement is very strong and cannot be terminated easily,” he added.

The Iranian president further pointed to his administration’s achievements in foreign policy and said that up to now, “the ill-wishers of the JCPOA”, particularly hardliners in the US government, the Zionist regime of Israel, and Saudi Arabia, have not been able to undermine the deal.

The remarks came as concerns have been growing in recent months that the US administration may unilaterally scrap the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

In a major confrontational stance against Iran on October 13, US President Donald Trump refused to certify the multilateral deal on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said he will choose not to certify that Tehran is complying with the agreement.

The 159-page nuclear agreement was reached in July 2015 and came into force in January 2016.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.

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