President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has announced that his country’s nuclear missile program is not in violation of the nuclear deal they’d signed with the UN.As such, the country aims to continue with the program despite US threats to impose new sanctions, or rather, re-impose the old ones.
Rouhani said Iran had fulfilled its obligations and that they now have the right to defend themselves. US President Donald Trump announced that he would no longer make regular certifications that the lifting of sanctions under the deal — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) — had been in US interests.
October 13, Trump said in a speech: “We cannot and will not make this certification. We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.
Questions were raised by Rouhani about the US government’s credibility and reliability:
“If a government like the US government states that it is not committed to an important international commitment, and its reason is that the previous administration has been tricked, then what happens with the continuity of the responsibility of the governments?” it quoted him as saying. “You are explicitly violating your previous agreements and neglecting a UN Security Council-approved agreement.”
“We will build, produce and store any weapon of any kind we need to defend ourselves, our territorial integrity and our nation, and we will not hesitate about it,” Rouhani added. The agreement was negotiated in 2015 with the P5 +1 powers and the European Union. The P5+1 includes Germany and the permanent members of the UN Security Council: the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.
In an October 13 speech, Trump said the deal “was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into” and accused Iran of committing “multiple violations of the agreement.”
Trump’s decision to decertify the JCPoA agreement did not amount to canceling the agreement, but rather gave Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions against Iran, a move that could leave the United States in violation of the deal.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, American allies and the US government all have said Tehran is complying with the official pact. Britain, Germany, France and the EU said they would stand by the deal and urged Congress “to consider the implications to the security of the US and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the JCPoA.”