Iran will not accept anything by force: Rouhani

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran can never be bullied into permitting the inspection of its military sites.

Rouhani, who made the remarks during a live broadcast on Tuesday night, noted that Washington’s demands from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the inspection of Iran’s military sites would probably not be accepted by the UN body.

"The International Atomic Energy Agency is very unlikely to agree to the US’s demands over inspecting our military sites," he stressed.      

The Iranian president referred to the Friday statements by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley who urged the IAEA to request access to Iranian military sites, in what is regarded as an attempt by the US to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Answering a question about his evaluation about the US President’s behaviour, he said: “This is a hard question. Americans themselves and their politicians cannot answer that. Even Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans cannot answer that. The US policy is a shaky one and currently, there is no framework for their domestic, foreign and economic policies and even towards their neighbors and allies. This can be in our interest in that the US is experiencing the hardest time in building consensus against Iran”.

“During the past decades, whenever the US wanted to form consensus against us, he has been able to do something against Iran with the help of the European Union and its friends and allies. But today, this is not possible for the US. Thus we can say that America is experiencing the hardest time and Iran is having the best conditions. One example is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which we can see how US allies, which is the EU, approach it”.

He added: “The 28 countries that form the EU are explicitly announcing that they are committed to the JCPOA. The President of France announced yesterday that there is no way other than the nuclear agreement and the JCPOA. Therefore, we are in conditions today that we can be sure and we will continue along this path”.

“Of course, if the other side, including the US, violates its commitments, we will respond to that. The US is experiencing the hardest time and this is not just a slogan. In conditions that the US is threatening foreign banks, they are giving us $10bn credit. Despite US threats, a European company strikes a five-billion-dollar oil and gas contract with us. This means that these threats do not work. The United States has a lot of issues inside, coupled with issues in the East and West Asia and even with the EU”.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also went on to say: “We will not be the first to violate the agreement, but at the same time, we will not stand still if the other side does”.

 “Our commitment is clear for the world. We made promises regarding NPT, Safeguards, the Additional Protocol and the JCPOA and we have no other commitment. It is regulations that determine our relations with the IAEA, not US pressure. I don’t think that the IAEA does anything under US pressure but if, hypothetically, this happens, we will not accept anything by force”.

He continued: “From the beginning of the nuclear issues, our behavior towards the IAEA has been good and whenever the IAEA reported about Iran, the reports have been based on the fact that Iran has good relations with the IAEA and today, after the implementation of the JCPOA, every report by the IAEA has been based on the fact that Iran has had good cooperation within the framework of its commitments”.

Answering a question about the 12th Administration’s policy towards regional relations and relations with Iran’s neighbors, he said: “Foreign policy in today’s world is on the one hand not fair and moral and based on regulations, and on the other hand, today’s world is in an atmosphere of dialogue and interaction”.

We want to have friendly relations with our neighbors, said the President, adding: “Animosity is to our and their detriment. We have always sought a win-win situation”.

Iran has good relations with all its neighbors, except for three countries, and two of these countries, Emirates and Bahrain, are related to Saudi Arabia, added Rouhani, saying: “What we want is that if there is any issue between us, it must be resolve through dialogue”.

Referring to Iranian pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage, he said: “We believe that this pilgrimage is a good sign to see how we can resolve issues with Saudi Arabia. If our pilgrims come back satisfied and Saudi Arabia acts within the framework of religious and international regulations, I believe we would have better conditions to settle any issue”.

“Of course, our problem with Saudi Arabia is not only an Iran-Saudi issue, but rather Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen and helping terrorist groups that we hope they have reached the understanding that this path does not work and they need to leave the Yemeni issue to the people of that country”.

He continued: “Terrorism is a threat to everyone and they must not help it. If these two issues are resolved, I think there is no major issue between us and Saudi Arabia”.

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