Rouhani: Iran will not initiate war, but ready for all scenarios

TEHRAN, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated that his country is eager to maintain the nuclear deal and avoid escalation in the region, but it is ready for all scenarios.

“I ensured Mr. Prime Minister (of Japan Shinzo Abe) we will not initiate any war with any country in the region, but if war is imposed on us, we will give a decisive response,” the Iranian president said in a joint news conference with visiting Japanese Premier on Wednesday.

He reiterated that his state’s policy has been built on peace and security at regional and global stage.

Rouhani praised Japan’s support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said he has informed the Japanese premier that Iran is resolved to continue the present path of modifying its undertakings under the nuclear deal based on the contents of “Paragraphs 36 and 37” if the merits promised by the signatories to Tehran are not provided.

He criticized Washington’s sanctions on Tehran and said, “I told Mr. Prime Minister that the sanctions imposed on Iran are a clear instance of economic terrorism.” “Tensions in the region are rooted in the United States’ economic war against Iran,” Rouhani reiterated.

He voiced appreciation of Japan’s goodwill and care for regional security and stability, and asked for expansion of nuclear cooperation with Tokyo for peaceful purposes.

For his part, the Japanese premier expressed willingness to expand cooperation with Tehran in various areas.

He further voiced concern over instability in the region, and said his country is willing to help to deescalate the present tensions. He asked Iran to help him advance his mediation efforts.

“Tension in the region should be curbed at any cost and Japan can play a crucial role in the field,” he said.

Shinzo, heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday on a three-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation and to mediate between Iran and the US.

Source: Kuwait News Agency