Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic has achieved full independence in the political arena, stressing that Tehran will not allow any superpower to make decisions for it.
“Today, no superpower is capable of making decisions for the Islamic Republic and we will not also allow such a move,” Rouhani said in a meeting with senior commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran on Tuesday.
Iran can firmly announce that it has managed to achieve complete independence in the political sphere, he said.
Rouhani said Iran’s success in the nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 group of countries was the outcome of the Islamic Republic’s “defensive and diplomatic might.”
He said Iran is taking the final step in its nuclear agreement with the P5+1, adding that Tehran managed to achieve a win-win agreement to benefit all world countries.
On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – finalized the text of a nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.
Rouhani also said the IRGC and the Armed Forces have always been successful in defending the 1979 Islamic Revolution’s achievements, independence and the country’s territorial integrity.
The Iranian president further pointed to restrictions imposed on the country over its nuclear program and said the Islamic Republic should weather the impacts of “unjust” sanctions through the “power of logic, reasoning and diplomacy and by relying on national unity.”
“It is correct that we regard the big powers’ sanctions as unjust and did not accept them but others and even our friendly countries have unfortunately enforced these sanctions. So, it is necessary for us to fully display our independence in the international scene,” Rouhani said.