JCPOA: Hassan Rouhani says US was ‘politically defeated by Iran in a UNSC meeting

Hassan Rouhani
The Persian President Hassan Rouhani said the United States was defeated in the UN Security Council on Tuesday when participants expressed support for the nuclear deal.

Iranian Rouhani affirmed that the US, despite its economic pressure against Tehran, was “politically defeated by Iran,” according to the Iranian channel Al- Alam. The Iranian President indicated that his country is ready to cooperate with the 4 + 1 group if it abides by its pledges within the framework of the nuclear agreement.

Rouhani pointed out that his country would respond firmly if the United States tried to attack the nuclear agreement politically.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany).

On 8 May 2018, Trump announced United States withdrawal from JCPOA.  Following the U.S.'s withdrawal, the EU enacted an updated blocking statute on 7 August 2018 to nullify US sanctions on countries trading with Iran

In November 2018 U.S. sanctions came back into effect intended to force Iran to dramatically alter its policies, including its support for militant groups in the region and its development of ballistic missiles. 

In the aftermath of the Baghdad Airport Airstrike  and assassination of the top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Iran declared that it would no longer abide by the limitations of the deal but would continue to coordinate with the IAEA, leaving open the possibility of resuming compliance.

The U.S. is currently focused on reimposing the arms embargo against Iran, which the Islamic Republic has already said they will fight at the United Nations.

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