May 8, 2019, 11:26 AM
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JCPOA needs urgent surgery: President Rouhani

Tehran, May 8, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran is not withdrawing from the nuclear deal, rather it is reducing its commitments to the deal and that JCPOA needs surgery.

The Iranian president said that the deal is in need of a surgery, so Iran is trying to save it, not kill it.

He made the remarks in his cabinet session on the first anniversary of the US unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

'We have never been the first to violate the commitments or to wage wars, but at the same time we have never surrendered to bullying and will not do so, and we will certainly give appropriate response to any kind aggression,' Rouhani said.

'Today we announced to the friendly countries and the five remaining signatories to the nuclear deal that we are ready for negotiations within the very framework of the JCPOA, neither a word more nor less.'

Iran's has never played into the hands of the US, neither was it trapped by Washington, Rouhani said.

Tehran gave time to the European signatories when they repeatedly requested for it through phone calls and meetings, he said reassuring the Iranian people that the government has always taken calculated measures.

The president also warned that the collapse of the nuclear deal would be threatening the region.

Rouhani said that Tehran has discussed the Articles 26, and 36 with the remaining signatories to the deal four times, implying that Iran has used the mechanism stipulated in the context of the JCPOA along with the required legal remedies.

He also discussed the Iran's role on fighting terrorism, in providing the regional security and preventing the flow of refugees to the Europe and confronting illegal drugs smugglers, as such tasks need to spend billions of dollars.

If the nuclear deal is good for the regional peace, therefore, everybody should pay for it, he said.

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