Anti-Iran sanctions regime collapsing: President Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the sanctions regime put in place against the Islamic Republic is collapsing.
President Rouhani made the remark while addressing a ceremony in the capital, Tehran, to hail Iranian workers on Tuesday.
The Iranian president said Iran’s enemies have created two crises. “First, they accused us and said we are after nuclear weapons; and second, they created a wrong mechanism to cripple our banking system, to prevent foreign investment in the country and to impede purchases, exports and sales,” he said.
President Rouhani explained that, during the nuclear negotiations with the P5+1, Iran is seeking to achieve two objectives. The first, he said, is to “remove the accusations.”
“We want to prove to the world that those wishing us ill lied to the world; Iran has been after peaceful [nuclear] technology and not building a destructive bomb that – based on the fatwa by Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] – is forbidden for us,” President Rouhani said.
He was referring to the religious decree issued by Ayatollah Khamenei on February 22, 2012, banning the possession and use of nuclear weapons as “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.
President Rouhani said Iran’s second objective in the nuclear talks is to have the sanctions imposed against Iran removed.
He further expressed hope for the conclusion of a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1, saying, “If the opposite side shows serious determination,” a final deal will be possible within the next few months.
Iran and the P5+1 – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany – have been negotiating to reach a comprehensive agreement on the peaceful Iranian nuclear work. They reached mutual understanding on the parameters of a comprehensive agreement in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.
The two sides ended their latest round of talks at the deputy and expert levels in Vienna, Austria, on April 24. The three-day talks were held with the goal of drafting the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) based on the mutual understanding reached in Lausanne.