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US Will Have to Lift Sanctions: Iran’s President

The US would have no option but to remove the sanctions against the Iranian nation as the futility of the policy of maximum pressure has become evident, President Hassan Rouhani said.

After inaugurating new energy projects in two provinces via videoconference on Monday, Rouhani said Iran owes its achievements to the faith and resistance of the people.

“I’m pretty sure that the world and the US will have to kneel before the great Iranian nation and abandon the sanctions,” he added.

The president also hailed the termination of his previous US counterpart’s tenure as a great victory for Iran, saying the new US administration has admitted four times that the policy of maximum pressure on Tehran has been futile.

Rouhani also described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as so great an achievement that a global plot was hatched to break it apart, saying Trump was in charge of carrying out the conspiracy masterminded by Israel and the reactionary regimes in the region.

In remarks in February, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Iran will resume honoring the JCPOA in full only after the US has removed all sanctions on Tehran in a practical and verifiable manner.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and six world states —the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China— and was ratified in the form of Resolution 2231.

However, former US president Donald Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated the sanctions that had been lifted by the deal.

In May 2019, Iran began to scale back its JCPOA commitments after the remaining European parties failed to fulfill their end of the bargain and compensate for Washington’s absence.

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