News ID: 280546
Published: 1210 GMT February 10, 2021

World owes Iran for present security, helping defeat Trump through resistance: Rouhani

World owes Iran for present security, helping defeat Trump through resistance: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said on Wednesday that the people of the world are greatly indebted to the Iranian nation for helping to bring about the departure of ex-US president Donald Trump through resistance in the face of his pressure campaign.

He made the remarks in his address on the occasion of the 42nd victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran which toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979.

Iranians have in recent years witnessed two wars, said the president adding, one of which was imposed by the regime of ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on the Iran and lasted for eight years in the 1980s. In that war, he added, the Iranian nation relied solely on God, while the aggressors were dependent on the big powers in the East and West.

Over the past three years, Rouhani added, the Iranian people have been dealing with an economic war which was initiated by the Trump administration, following its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“In that imposed war, we achieved a great victory. We will likewise emerge victorious in this economic war by God’s power,” Rouhani said.

Had Iran left the nuclear deal, all international sanctions would have been restored against the country, marking a victory for the Israeli regime as well as the regional reactionaries and extremists.

“The people’s resistance and the government’s prudence, however, led to Trump’s humiliation in the past three years,” he added.

The Iranian chief executive further highlighted numerous blows dealt to the US by Iran over the past few years at the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“The one who overthrew Trump was God and the one who apparently caused the ouster of Trump in the United States was the vigilant nation of that country. The role of the Iranian nation has been very effective in toppling this tyrant. With Trump gone, the world today is indebted to Iran for [the return of] a sense of security, stability and rule of law,” President Rouhani noted.

He stressed, “The era of maximum sanctions is over. The era of the economic war is over. Everyone has realized that the ‘maximum pressure’ has failed, but a final victory still needs patience and resistance.”

The Iranian president further reiterated Tehran’s stance on which side should take the first step for returning to the 2015 nuclear deal.

“The day we witness 5+1 fulfills its commitments, we will be ready to adhere to our commitments under the JCPOA and there are no other paths for the world and the region,” he said.

Washington pulled out the UN-endorsed JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed severe sanctions on Iran's economy through its so-called 'maximum pressure' policy to force Tehran into what former US President Donald Trump referred to as a 'better' deal.

Washington’s pressure blocked the European co-signatories from fulfilling their contractual obligations, a situation that prompted Tehran to retaliate and suspend parts of its own commitments under Article 36 of the deal

Tehran says all its nuclear measures are reversible as soon as other parties fulfill their part of the commitments based on the JCPOA. One of those commitments is the normalization of trade and banking ties with Iran. Meanwhile, the new US administration has made contradictory remarks over returning to the nuclear deal. A number of American officials have set conditions such as negotiating on Iran’s missile program while some reports indicate that Washington intends to return to the deal without lifting sanctions. 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Monday, “The US left & violated the nuclear deal. So it’s the US that has to return & implement its obligations.”

US President Joe Biden “has a choice,” Zarif said, adding that President Biden can either “build on the failures” of his predecessor Donald Trump or break with his hostile approach and choose a new path in dealing with Iran.

Zarif warned, however, that “building on his failures will only bring further failure.”

Moreover, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi in an interview with the English-language France 24 television news network on Tuesday said, “It’s quite clear who should take the first step” since it was Washington that left the nuclear deal in 2018.


Press TV and MNA contributed to this story.

Resource: MNA, PRESTV
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