Tehran (IP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani noted that the government does not allow anyone to delay the time of ending sanctions, stressing that if the US and others return to their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran will return too.

Iran Press/Iran news: In his press conference on Monday attended by Iranian and foreign media, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani referred to the Iran Nuclear Deal or JCPOA, saying: "Government is very hopeful that it will take good steps in the area of removal of sanctions because everyone knows that Trump's economic war has failed."

"The whole world is pressuring the United States that JCPOA must be resumed. One of the Twelfth Government services was that the government did not allow JCPOA to be destroyed with all its might," the president said.

"Trump's main goal was to destroy JCPOA, which was unsuccessful, Rouhani said, adding that "of course some people inside the country wanted to destroy JCPOA as well. We tried to keep JCPOA alive so that this agreement is able once again to play its role in due time."

Noting that JCPOA was a historic agreement in Iran and the region, President Rouhani added: "There may be flaws in this agreement, but in relative terms, it has been a very historic agreement in Iran and the region. Some people wanted to destroy JCPOA, but we kept this agreement because one of our goals is to achieve our nuclear rights."

Referring to the US' illegal sanctions against Iran, Rouhani said: "The end of the sanctions means that the people have achieved their rights. The end of US sanctions means that economic terrorism has stopped, and the criminal has stopped his crime. The government does not allow anyone to delay the time of ending sanctions. Sanctions must end, and this is the right of our people. America must return to its commitments, and if everyone returns to their commitments, we will return to our full commitments, too."

Elsewhere in his remarks, in response to a question from Al Jazeera News Network about the lifting of sanctions and the possibility of his meeting with US-President Elect Joe Biden bilaterally or in the form of a P5 +1, President Hassan Rouhani said the government was doing its best to lift the oppressive sanctions as soon as possible. "We will do our best to lift these sanctions even an hour earlier."

"Whenever other parties fulfill all their obligations, we also fulfill our obligations, and there is no obstacle in returning to our obligations," Rouhani highlighted.

Rouhani noted: "If the United States returns to the nuclear deal and makes up for past mistakes, and Biden returns to the conditions of 2017, we will fully return to our commitments."

EU's statement on executed antagonist is an interventionist act

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the dissatisfaction of some countries with the death sentence of Ruhollah Zam (he called himself one of the masterminds behind last year's unrest across Iran) does not make good sense and it does mean intervention.

In response to a question about the dissatisfaction of European countries with the death sentence of Ruhollah Zam, the Iranian President said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran has a judiciary that works independently. It is not important for us that a sentence upsets a group. In this country, we have a death sentence according to the law."

He added: "Why they are so sensitive to one person, does not make good sense and it does mean intervention." 

"The person was executed with a court order. The court investigated and issued the death sentence. We act within the law and regulations. I do not think this issue will damage Iran-Europe relations," President Rouhani noted.


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