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Pres. Rouhani: Iran not to let anyone sabotage end of sanctions

Tehran, Dec 14, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani outlined his government's achievements despite the "harshest economic conditions" the country faced during two terms of his tenure and derscored that his government "will not allow anyone to put off the cancellation of the sanctions.

The President made the remarks during a press conference attended by a limited number of foreign and domestic media due to COVID-19 health protocols on Monday.

He stressed that despite certain efforts to paralyze the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the document managed to stand up against the US President Donald Trump and make the United Nations resist the US administration and Trump himself three times.

There may be some flaws in the JCPOA, but relatively speaking, it is a very historical agreement in Iran's history, Rouhani said, adding that Iran achieved its rights through the JCPOA.
He went on to term the deal as "unprecedented" and said he knows “no country, in the history of the region to have negotiated with six major powers and achieved success under the imposed sanctions.”

Rouhani said that some wanted to destroy the JCPOA but Iranian officials managed to maintain it.

"One of Iran’s objectives is to achieve its goals in the field of nuclear and people's rights. The end of the imposed sanctions means that Iranians can achieve one of their rights," he added.

The Iranian President further underscored that his government "will not allow anyone to put off the cancellation of the sanctions: "Some people want to delay the process but we will not consent to it whether it be for one hour or so."
"We will stand up to them," he said, stressing that the imposed sanctions must be removed.

"This is the right of Iranian people," he reiterated.

President Rouhani further said that the United States must return to the commitments it has made before.

He said, "Iran has repeatedly made it clear that it will also abide by its full commitments if all of the participants to the agreement live up to their full commitments."

One of Iran's purposes is to achieve its goals in the field of nuclear rights which entails and people's rights, he further said, noting that lifting the imposed sanctions means "Iranians will get one of their rights."

President Rouhani also reiterated that "Economic terrorism has come to a halt. That is, the crime has stopped."

One significant objective of the government is to break the sanctions, he said, stressing that the government is extremely optimistic about its initiatives in this regard as Trump's economic war has failed and the whole world has admitted that.
With regard to the upcoming elections in Iran, Rouhani described it a great measure to happen next year (according to the Persian calendar).
He expressed the hope that Iran would witness a magnificent election with the participation of all political parties and groups along with very good competition.

The President also noted that his government took charge of affairs under conditions where the cabinet was facing the harshest ever conditions during the past century.

He explained that the country is facing a very hard time now because of the economic war waged against the nation as well as the difficult days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani underlined that one of the highest economic growth rates in Iran occurred in 2016 when the country recorded the highest boom in the world and "during these seven years Iranian government fulfilled its promises to the people in many areas." 
He referred to these promises as "moderation, constructive engagement with the global states, lifting imposed sanctions and bringing people to their own rights as well as establishing the nuclear right as a legal right for Iranians."

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, many critical projects were inaugurated and some important projects to be started in the coming months, he said.
The President noted that Iran is one of the countries that has continuously informed the Iranians on the pandemic although all global states have not been open with their people. 
Iran will begin the vaccination either through domestic or foreign production in the near future, Rouhani added. 
He voiced the hope that Iran would achieve the set goals, noting the government is determined to focus on the plan, not the trivial issues.

Rouhani emphasized that the Islamic Republic attaches utmost importance to preserving the 2015 nuclear deal and cooperating on maintaining regional stability.

The reason that US President Donald Trump has failed in his anti-Iran attempts in international bodies was that Iran has cooperated with other countries and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Rouhani addressed media on Monday.

Iran seeks to have close relations with other states in particular Russia and China, he said, adding that his government pursues good relations with the European Union and neighboring countries.

Referring to the assassination of Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the president argued that this heinous attempt was the work of those who wanted to foment conflict in the West Asia region in the last days of Trump's presidency.

“The main objective of the Zionist regime in assassinating Martyr Fakhrizadeh was to stir up instability and war in the region at the end of the Trump administration,” Rouhani stated.

The President underscored that Iran considers Martyr Fakhrizadeh a well-known scientist and sees taking revenge for his blood as its right, which will be done in appropriate place and time, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic will not allow others to define time and place of the revenge.

At the same time, the stability of the region is of utmost importance for Iran; so, it presented the Hormuz Peace Plan for the Persian Gulf at the United Nations General Assembly last year, and then sent the plan to six Persian Gulf littoral states, he stipulated, adding that the peace plan is still on the table and the Iranian side is ready to discuss it.

The Trump administration would be very happy to see the Iranian people could not endure the burden of the US-imposed sanctions in the last three years, because they wanted our people to surrender to foreign pressures, President Rouhani said, adding, but the resistance and patience of the people made the country successful and victorious, and if Tehran could break the sanctions, that would be the result of people’s steadfastness.

He also expressed hope that the Iranian government and the Parliament would work together to break the sanctions in order to have free trade with the world ‌and be able to sell oil.

Rouhani called on the Oil Ministry to be prepared for post-sanction era to increase oil production. However, he pointed that the budget of the next Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021 to March 20, 2022) is based on realism not optimism.

At the current situation, the United States should resume its commitments under the JCPOA and announce that it has made mistake concerning the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the international agreement, Rouhani said.

The head of the Supreme National Security Council opined that the situation in the new US administration will change and the previous circumstances would not remain intact; even if Trump could stay in power, things would change.

According to the President's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Alireza Moezzi, the press conference which was planned a while ago was postponed due to coronavirus restrictions and the need to comply with health guidelines.

President Rouhani has regularly spoken to people in various ways and in weekly programs such as the cabinet meetings and the National Coronavirus Taskforce session, he noted, a press conference with media people to answer their questions in all areas as representatives of the Iranian public opinion has always been considered an opportunity and a necessity for the president.

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