Iran Daily: Rouhani Presses for Europe’s Separation from US on Nuclear Deal

President Hassan Rouhani with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Tehran, March 5, 2018

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has used a meeting with the French Foreign Minister to press for Europe’s separation from the US over the July 2015 nuclear deal.

Hosting Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday, Rouhani said all concerned will regret the collapse of the accord if the the US maintains and expands its sanctions: “The survival of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] will prove to the world that negotiations and diplomacy are the best options to solve problems.”

At the same time, he said Tehran can counter the American restrictions: “Of course, We will be ready for any conditions, which would not be favorable to us.”

The Trump Administration has not withdrawn from the JCPOA, despite Donald Trump’s repeated declarations of the “worst deal” ever for the US. But Washington is continuing to press Iran through the economic and financial sanctions, which have deterred European firms from completing trade and investment deals essential to the Islamic Republic’s recovery.

The European Union and the three European signatories of the deal — France, the UK, and Germany — have continued their support of the accord. However, they have pushed Iran to negotiate a separate deal over Tehran’s ballistic missile development, a call rejected by the Islamic Repbublic so far. French President Emmanuel Macron has also led statements of concern that Iran may be supplying missiles used by Yemen’s Houthi insurgency in attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Iranian State media avoided any mention of the ballistic missile issue, instead featuring the comment of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, “Europe must put the US under pressure to implement its commitments and not allow the US to make illogical and unlawful demands despite its lack of commitment and violations [of its commitments].”

Press TV limited its summary of Le Drian’s remarks to “Paris [is] keen to save and implement the nuclear deal….France would make its utmost efforts to save the accord.”

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  1. Press TV limited its summary of Le Drian’s remarks to “Paris [is] keen to save and implement the nuclear deal….France would make its utmost efforts to save the accord.”

    PressTV had earlier referred to French concerns about the missile program:

    Ahead of his visit, Le Drian had said that Iran should address “concerns” over its ballistic missile program or risk new sanctions. “There are ballistic programs of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometers, which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran’s borders,” he told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, adding, “If not tackled head-on, this country risks new sanctions.”

  2. A look back at the recent unrest and the coverage of it: IRIB has also done a report on BBC and Radio Farda coverage of the protests and riots in Dec-Jan:

    The report shows that many of the claims made by both outlets about major street clashes at particular locations were not attested for by residents. One person interviewed remarks that BBC Persian “Is not news!” Both organisations have not been permitted to have correspondents of their own on the ground and rely on social media and local journalists for information which often turns out to be erroneous or misleading. The Iranian authorities consider both to be little more than propaganda stations, staffed with dissidents hostile to the current system, and funded by western governments. BBC Persian’s radio service was instrumental in the CIA/MI6-led coup that ovethew the democratically-elected government of Mossadegh in 1953 that consolidated the late Shah’s dictatorship.

    • Press TV and IRIB as authoritative objective analysts of “propaganda” and BBC Persian/Radio Farda?

      I cannot think of a finer definition of irony.

      • They both interview ordinary Iranians about their views and observations. Some express support for the protests and criticise the police response, even though most condemn the violence of arsons and vandals and praise the police for maintaining order. They also look at all of the issues that gave rise to the unrest – there is little talk about MEK involvement and mostly socio-economic problems among the working classes.

        • Yes, of course Press TV and IRIB would publish the full spectrum of opinion from their interviewees — even the ones who might have said BBC Persian and Radio Farda *are* news (provided they thought that expression of opinion would not land them in trouble).

  3. There should be a Noble Prize for dictators and tyrant systems that decide to change ways before the day of reckoning comes, before they find themselves at the end of a sword or hanging from a post by the neck.

    There aren’t many examples of dictators who decide it is enough, and save themselves and suffering of people they rule. It is fascinating how few examples you can find of good out comes to continue tyranny, yet the tyrant thinks they can go to end of time…and they get surprised when they meet their violent end.

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