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Iran Calls for End to US Delusion of World Leadership

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the international community should make US understand that it is not the world’s leader, adding that Washington’s push for scrapping the nuclear deal of 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is to the detriment of the whole world.

In a Tuesday meeting with Australia’s new envoy to Iran Lyndall Sachs, President Rouhani underlined that it is vital to make the US understand that it is not the world leader but a country among the world’s other countries.

“This is unprecedented in the history of the world, when the US seeks to punish the countries which are signatories of the UN Resolution,” Rouhani said, urging independent countries to encounter US measures.

“The Islamic Republic is committed to its JCPOA obligations despite the US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal and Europeans’ unwillingness or incapability to deliver on their made promises,” Rouhani noted.

 “The dissolution of JCPOA will hurt the world,” he warned.

“The Islamic Republic is also committed to ensure the security of international waterways, in particular, in Oman Sea and the Persian Gulf,” Rouhani said, “Iran has recently submitted its initiative in this regard, under the title the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE), to the UN and is in talks with other countries about it.”

He named US unilateral sanctions against Iran a political and economic mistake and a move in contrast to international regulations and resolutions.

Elsewhere in this meeting, where Rouhani received Sachs’ credentials, the Iranian president expressed tendency for development of mutual economic ties with Australia. 

“We should pay a specific attention to our bilateral ties in the long-run,” he said.

Ambassador Sachs, for her part, said “we do believe that improvement of Tehran-Canberra economic and trade relations will pave the way for development of cooperation in other areas as well.”

She stressed that Australia supports the preservation of the JCPOA, adding that “the nuclear deal is an instrument to provide security and peace in the region.”

“We believe that all the parties should remain committed to the deal to build confidence in the world,” she added.

Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said that Washington’s imposition of sanctions against his country’s construction sector are based on a self-made delusion of grandeur, reiterating that compliance with the nuclear deal is the only option left for the US to move forward.

Touching upon Washington’s sanctions against the construction sector of Iran, Mousavi said that the decision demonstrated the United States’ weakness and inefficacy in the realm of diplomacy.

“Unfortunately, the American diplomatic apparatus is impotent in using initiatives and finding wise and diplomatic solutions, and relies solely on the use of force and economic terrorism,” the Iranian diplomat said.

“The US bullying diplomacy in dealing with other countries and international mechanisms and multilateralism has turned into a global problem,” he underlined.

“The US had better deliver on its commitments” under the nuclear deal, Mousavi said, adding that “threadbare and hype-oriented” sanctions will assuredly not help the White House to achieve anything but to further dip into self-made illusions.

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