The Iranian leadership will not change its policy course unless the United States removes its sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.
"Iran will continue reducing its commitments under the nuclear deal unless US sanctions are removed," he said. "Talks with the US will only become possible if the sanctions are lifted. Otherwise, nothing will change," the Iranian president added, TASS reports.
Rouhani pointed out that "Iran never sought to own nuclear weapons."
"As for the nuclear deal, we will continue interacting with other participants," he said.
Iran nuclear deal issue
In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which particularly stipulated the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.
On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions. The first batch of new US sanctions on Iran took effect on August 7 and the second one became effective on November 5. In contrast, Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow would seek to maintain the agreement.
On May 8, 2019, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran was reducing its commitments under the JCPOA. He pointed out that the other signatories, primarily EU countries, had failed to fulfill their economic obligations under the deal, making it irrelevant. Rouhani said they had two months to return to compliance. The deadline expired on July 7. On July 8, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said that Tehran had exceeded the uranium enrichment level of 4.5%. Iran said it would continue to gradually reduce its JCPOA commitments every 60 days unless other signatories restored compliance.