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Rohani: “No Negotiations” Needed to Restore Iran Nuclear Deal | Middle East

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President Rouhani said Iran would revert to its commitments that were part of the deal if other signatories did the same.

Tehran, Iran – The Iranian nuclear deal can be restored without negotiations despite recent escalations following the assassination of a top nuclear scientist, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told world powers.

Rouhani said US President Donald Trump “scribbled on a piece of paper” in May 2018 unilaterally withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

“The next person can put up a nice piece of paper and sign it and they just need a signature, we’ll get back to where we were. It doesn’t take long and doesn’t require any negotiation, ”Rohani said in a televised cabinet speech on Wednesday.

“And it’s not just the United States. The P4 + 1 can go back to all their commitments and we will do the same, ”he said, referring to France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Russia, the other signatories. of the nuclear deal.

US President-elect Joe Biden and Europe have indicated that if they are to restore the nuclear deal, they believe it needs to be renegotiated and extended.

Exactly a year after the United States withdrew from the landmark deal and imposed severe sanctions on Iran, Tehran gradually reduced its commitments under the five-step deal that it said were reversible.

Rohani said all new advanced centrifuges that are installed in the underground nuclear facilities at Natanz can be turned off once all signatories to the nuclear deal start to fully implement their commitments.

Earlier this week, France, Germany and the UK – together known as E3 – issued a joint statement saying that Iran’s plans for a further reduction in nuclear commitments are “of deep concern. And go against the spirit of the agreement.

Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during funeral ceremony in Tehran [File: West Asia News Agency/Handout via Reuters]

Following the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh outside Tehran last month, Iran’s parliament, dominated by conservatives and extremists, quickly passed a bill aimed at increasing uranium enrichment and to expel inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Rouhani administration has explicitly stated that it opposes the legislation and was not consulted when it was drafted.


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