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World, US will have to lift unjust sanctions imposed on Iran: President Rouhani

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani addresses the inauguration ceremony for a number of the Ministry of Petroleum’s national projects in the provinces of Ilam and Bushehr on March 1, 2021. (Photo by

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the world and the United States will finally have to lift the unjust sanctions that have been imposed on the Iranian nation and submit to its will.

“I am certain that the world and the United States will have to kneel before this great nation’s will and lift the unjust sanctions,” Rouhani said while addressing an inauguration ceremony for a number of the Ministry of Petroleum’s national projects in Ilam and Bushehr provinces on Monday.

Referring to the failure of the US policy of exerting “maximum pressure” on Iran under the administration of former President Donald Trump, Iran’s chief executive said, “That butcher and murderer has fallen now and the new American administration has so far admitted on four occasions that the maximum pressure [policy] of the previous administration was wrong.”

“This is our greatest achievement in history,” Rouhani said, adding, “Thanks to steadfastness of our nation, those who imposed these sanctions on us now confess that sanctions and pressure have been to no avail.” 

In May 2018, Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and major world powers, promising that “maximum pressure” on Tehran would lead to a better outcome than remaining within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

The future of the landmark nuclear deal has been in doubt since the US withdrawal and its reimposition of the “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran as part of his “maximum pressure,” which tried in vain to force Iran back to the negotiating table for talks on a “better deal.” 

Despite throwing verbal support behind the JCPOA, the European parties to the deal — France, Britain and Germany — ultimately succumbed to Washington’s pressure and failed to fulfill their contractual commitments to Tehran, mainly by conforming to the American sanctions. 

That promoted Tehran to begin a set of retaliatory measures in several stages as part of its legal rights stipulated in Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA. The latest such measure was the halt in the implementation of the Additional Protocol, which was required by a parliament-adopted law. 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on February 17 that Iran will not accept mere verbal promises in the case of the nuclear agreement this time around and needs to see action on the part of the co-signatories, given the many instances of counterparty non-compliance the country has faced. 

“Concerning the JCPOA, I should just say one word. We have heard many nice words and promises that have been violated and have not been fulfilled in action,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “But this time around, [we accept] only actions!”

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