Iran won’t accept additional obligations to nuclear deal – Pres. Rouhani

TEHRAN, Amid US calls to amend or scrap the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has reiterated that his country would not accept any new obligations or amendments to the pact.

“Iran will never accept any additional limitations to its commitments as per the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the Iranian President laid it bare in a phone call with French President Emanuel Macron late Sunday, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal with the world’s six major powers.

“Confidence is the basis of our relations and the JCPOA is an important pillar of confidence between Iran and Western states,” he said.

He even emphasized that any issue linked to the JCPOA could not be renegotiated.

“The future of the JCPOA after 2025 will be decided by the international regulations,” he said.

He condemned the US threats to amend the deal or pull out of it, as a flagrant violation of the agreement.

The US current stance amounts to breaching the deal and creating fear and ambiguity for the countries and economic enterprises dealing with Iran, he said.

He, however, stressed that that even if the US announced on May 12 that it would not withdraw from the deal but wants to continue the same course of action of the two past years, “it will not be acceptable to us.” He disclosed that Iran had taken pre-emptive measures, particularly in the fields of banking ties, foreign exchange and other economic issues in recent days, in anticipation of any US decision on May 12.

On bilateral relations, Rouhani maintained that Iran attaches special significance to consolidating ties with France.

“In view of very excellent capacities for mutual cooperation in political, cultural and economic fields as well as regional issues, we are determined to strengthen our relations with France in all domains,” he said.

For his part, the French president affirmed the need for boosting Tehran-Paris cooperation in all fields.

On the nuclear, he stated that EU, especially France, had wholeheartedly defended the JCPOA and France would stay in the JCPOA 100 percent.

He asserted that adherence to the JCPOA would promote confidence and stability in the region.

He noted that France and EU’s definite stance was to stay in the JCPOA and they ask Iran to do the same.

“EU and France accept the JCPOA as it is,” Macron said.

The French leader underscored that France had always favored a stable Middle East and believed that the JCPOA was a model for solving regional problems and it should be preserved by all parties.

The 2015 nuclear deal –struck between Iran and six world powers – the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany — lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for limitations to the country’s controversial nuclear energy program.

Source: Kuwait News Agency