Rouhani: Iran to stay in JCPOA, reap benefits when UN arms embargo ends next year
Tehran (KNA) - President Hassan Rouhani says Iran intends to stay in the 2015 nuclear deal despite US violations, arguing that the accord will be put to good use next year when a long-running arms embargo against Tehran comes to an end.
Rouhani said Monday Iran could respond to America's exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in different manners, including leaving the deal altogether or keeping it at any price, but it decided to take the middle-ground option.
"By continuing the JCPOA, we will fulfill a major objective in terms of politics, security and defense," he told a large crowd of people during a visit to the eastern province of Kerman.
Noting that for years Iran has been banned by the United Nations from buying and selling any kinds of weapons, Rouhani said the arms embargo will end next year according to the deal and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses it.
"This is one of the important effects of this deal. Otherwise, we could leave the deal today but the kind of benefit we stand to reap next year will no longer exist," he said.
"We can leave now but then the UNSC resolutions [that were revoked under the deal] will return," the president said, adding "We need to think where do the country's interests lie."