Speaking at a Wednesday meeting with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor in Tehran, Rouhani decried Washington’s economic war against the Iranian nation following its unlawful withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He further called on the international community to stand up to the US actions, which he said are to the detriment of all, including the United States itself.
“We hope all our friends around the world, including South Africa, will take a more decisive stance against the US’ illegal and inhumane actions towards the Iranian nation which even include food and medicine sanctions,” Rouhani said.
Elsewhere, Rouhani stressed the need for global consultations on war-stricken and displaced people of the world, especially the oppressed nations of Palestine and Yemen.
The South African minister, for her part, praised Iran for remaining committed to the JCPOA, and urged the US to return to the agreement and end the economic sanctions on the country.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA.
Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.
The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.
Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.