May 7, 2021

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Rouhani: We will not lose single moment to reclaim people’s rights

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says his administration will not hesitate to do anything in its power to realize the rights of the Iranian people through the removal of unjust sanctions imposed on the country by the United States.

“Anytime we see that we can reclaim the rights of the Iranian people, I, as president, would not lose a moment to do this. We do not care if some people are upset about this,” Rouhani said while addressing a Thursday ceremony held to inaugurate a number of agricultural projects across the country.

He denounced as “cruel” and “inhumane” the sanctions that were imposed by former US President Donald Trump on Tehran, saying the sanctions, which persist to this date, have impacted all sectors of the country.

“But some people are not familiar with this [fact]. They make up percentages and say 30 percent of the problems are due to the sanctions and 70 percent due to [mis]management,” he said.

Such estimates, the president continued, are completely wrong and misjudged “because they do not know in what areas the sanctions have [adverse] impacts and cause problems, and they do not know that the sanctions affect the entire production, agriculture and industry sectors.”

Trump began to put pressure on Iran soon after he was sworn in as US president on January 20, 2017. He threatened foreign leaders to not do business with Iran and issued new sanctions on the Islamic Republic only months into his presidency – in moves that were denounced in Tehran as violations of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

He finally withdrew the US from the deal, officially referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018 and instituted the “highest level” of economic sanctions against Iran, prompting Tehran to take tit-for-tat measures in response to his bellicose Iran policy.

His successor, Joe Biden, has promised to abandon that approach and rejoin the JCPOA. Diplomatic efforts began in Vienna early this month on revival of the deal, US lifting of sanctions and its subsequent return to the agreement. 

While the US is not an official participant in the talks, its diplomats hold regular meetings with the other signatories to the deal except for Iran on the sidelines of the Vienna talks, which have been described as “constructive” and “businesslike” by the participants and the US. The talks are yet to bear fruit. 

The participants are to resume another round of discussions in Vienna next week on the fate of the UN-endorsed agreement, after consultations in their respective capitals.

In his Thursday remarks, Rouhani further said his administration will not hesitate to act once it sees that the other side is ready to observe laws and regulations “no matter what the opponents say” or “whatever force they exert.” 

The Iranian chief executive also thanked the Foreign Ministry and other governmental bodies that have striven to “break the sanctions” through the ongoing negotiations in the Austrian capital.

The remarks came a day after Rouhani said Iran is seeking the “strict implementation” of the JCPOA, and “not a single word more or less.”

“The JCPOA must be implemented effectively,” Rouhani said on Wednesday. “We want the strict implementation of the JCPOA, not a single word more or less.”

Rouhani said that the revival of the nuclear pact must include three steps, the first of which is the removal of the sanctions by the United States.

“The second step is verification [by Iran], and we can announce [the result of] the verification in a short span of time,” he said.

The third step, the president continued, will be Iran’s complete resumption of its nuclear obligations which “we will execute thoroughly.”

Original News : https://presstv.com/Detail/2021/04/22/650059/Rouhani-We-will-not-lose-single-moment-to-reclaim-people-right

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