Trump Desperate Regarding Iran, JCPOA: MP
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker shrugged off US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks against Iran and said Trump is desperate regarding the Islamic Republic and the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Speaking to Tasnim, Spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said the Islamic Republic regards the threats and sanctions of the US as worthless.
Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Americans have always resorted to imposing sanctions and threatening the Iranian nation under various pretexts, but they have never been able to hamper the country’s progress, he stressed.
“Today, US President Trump is in a state of desperation in the face of the JCPOA and Iran’s missile activities and cannot convince his European partners to go with his illusions,” the Iranian lawmaker said.
The remarks came after Trump again waived sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but threatened he would terminate the agreement if “significant flaws” in it are not fixed.
“Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in a statement Friday.
“This is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately. No one should doubt my word.”
In October, Trump said he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement that was negotiated under the previous administration because it was “in violation of the spirit” of the accord.
The Trump administration asked Congress then to come up with and pass a companion agreement that addresses those issues.
It said it would also like Congress to amend the legislation that gives lawmakers the authority to slap sanctions on Iran if it decides Tehran is in violation of the nuclear agreement, outlining “trigger points” instead that set off automatic sanctions.
Trump said he wants Congress to fix “the deal’s many flaws” such as existing sunset provisions.