Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed as a victory the US government’s admission of failure of the sanctions on Tehran, saying Americans are obligated to remove all of the sanctions in violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
In comments at a Monday meeting of the supreme council of coordination among the heads of Iran’s branches of power, Rouhani said the US government’s admission that the sanctions have ended in failure marked another victory for Iran.
Lauding the Iranian nation’s resistance and fortitude in the face of the sanctions, the president said, “Today, the Americans are obliged to terminate all the sanctions that are in breach of the JCPOA, and this will mark a double victory for Iran.”
Last week, Rouhani said the negotiating parties engaged in talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna have agreed that all main sanctions on Iran will be terminated.
“The discussions are now focused on the details, as they have agreed (to lift) the sanctions on oil, petrochemical (industry), shipping, insurance, the Central Bank (of Iran) etc., and it has been over,” the president said on May 20, adding, “We have taken the chief and major step. The main agreement has been made.”
A new round of talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action began in Vienna on April 6 between Iran and the remaining members of the nuclear deal, namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany.
The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.
The current negotiations examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and the US’ likely return to it.