President Rouhani Calls Trump’s Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal “Psychological War”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran has adopted necessary measures to confront new anti-Iran pressures, saying that his US counterpart is launching psychological war and economic pressure on Tehran by announcing withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
“The Iranian nation will be more united and determined than ever. Trump is exerting economic pressure on Iran and launching psychological war, but we won’t let him achieve what he wants,” Rouhani said, addressing nation right after Trump’s announcement of the US decision to pull out of the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Stressing that Trumps decision was a historical experience for Iran, Rouhani noted that the US president has a history of undermining international treaties.
“Tonight, it was proved that we were right for decades. Iran is a country that remains committed to its promises, and the US is a country that has never lived up to its commitments.”
He further noted that the JCPOA is not a deal between Iran and the US and the JCPOA has been a multilateral agreement approved by the UN.
“The US tonight showed it is not committed to the agreements it signs, as it did on the Paris Climate and other trade agreements.”
Rouhani also noted that Iran would remain in the nuclear deal without the US, saying, “From now on, the Iran nuclear deal will be a deal between Iran and five countries. The Group 5+1 has lost one of its parties.”
The Iranian president then announced that he has ordered the foreign ministry to start talks with other five parties to the nuclear deal within the coming weeks.
“After these talks,” Rouhani said, “If we conclude that we can achieve the results we expected from the deal, the JCPOA will remain in place regardless of the US decision.”
Rouhani at the same time said that if Iran’s interests are not guaranteed, “I’ll soon address the nation and share with them the Establishment’s decision.”
The Iranian president also assured the Iranian nation that the government has prepared itself for such a situationsince since several months ago and we’ll have no problem in this regard.
“People will not experience any serious problem in their daily lives in coming months,” Rouhani underscored.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)