Iran Daily: Rouhani — “Historic Remorse” If US Leaves Nuclear Deal

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President Hassan Rouhani speaks in Sabzevar, Iran, May 6, 2018

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the US will regret any withdrawal from the July 2015 nuclear deal, days before Donald Trump makes a key decision over the imposition of American sanctions on Tehran.

In a televised speech, Rouhani told an audience in Sabzevar northeast Iran, “If the United States opts to pull out of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], you will soon see the historic remorse which the move will bring about.”

Rouhani again declared that Iran is prepared for an effective “response” if Trump fails to extend waivers of Congressional sanctions by a May 12 deadline:

From months ago, the necessary instructions have been issued to the Atomic Energy Organisation and economic sectors; we are ready for any decision about the JCPOA….

Orders have been issued to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and a few days ago, I spoke with senior officials of the organization about the programs ahead.

Our path is quite clear. The economic sector has also received the necessary orders

The President did not specify the actions, but other Iranian officials have indicated that Iran would soon resume enrichment of 20% uranium if the waivers on the US sanctions lapse.

Under the JCPOA, the Islamic Republic halted production of 20% uranium — which can be further enriched to military-grade 95% — and gave up all its stocks. Iran also suspended almost all research and development of new nuclear centrifuges.

Rouhani rejected a proposal, pushed by the European Union and European signatories of the deal, for new discussions.

We tell the world explicitly that we will not negotiate our defensive weapons with anyone. It’s none of anybody’s business what decisions we have made for defending ourselves.

The UK, France, and Germany have proposed talks for revision of the JCPOA, such as extension of time limits, and parallel negotiations over Iran’s ballistic missiles program.

Continuing his defiance, Rouhani derided “American and Zionist propaganda against the great and brave nation of Iran which has resisted all along during big and decisive moments”:

This nation is neither afraid nor has any fear from you. This great nation will continue with its progress and development on the side of its officials and the Leadership.

Rouhani Repeats His Challenge to “Highest Level” Over Bans on Communications

The President also repeated his challenge to other regime factions, all the way up to the Supreme Leader, over limits and bans on the Internet and communications.

Last week Rouhani denounced the block of the Telegram messaging application, used by about half of Iran’s 80 million people, by the Supreme Council on Cyberspace and the Culture and Media Prosector’s Office. In a reference to the Supreme Leader, he suggested the order came from officials “at the highest level”.

On Sunday, he asked the audience, “Is it possible to generate employment for young people in today’s world today without cyberspace?”, and implicitly criticized the slowing of the Internet by authorities through filters and restrictions: “We are attempting to take high-speed Internet to all villages; but some enjoy low-speed Internet!”

He linked this to a campaign to eliminate corruption within the regime — and appeared to endorse peaceful protests such as those across Iran in January:

People should be aware of everything and the government must provide them with information….We should be happy with the young generation’s criticism about the affairs of the country. The success of any action depends on people’s support.

Rouhani is likely to face political attack by hardliners if Trump adopts the Congressional sanctions, which will further challenge an already-fragile Iranian economy.

See Iran Daily, May 5: Hardliners Prepare Move v. Rouhani if US Leaves Nuclear Deal

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  1. Insights Following Exposure Of Iran’s Military Nuclear Program – Part I: The Leadership Of Iran’s Religious Regime Lies About Essential Islamic Matters, Manipulates Religion To Justify Its Grip On Power, Regional Expansion

    https://www.memri.org/reports/iran-nuclear-fatwa-lies

    Ever since suspicions arose in 2002 that Iran has a military nuclear program – when the Mujahideen Khalq organization exposed that Iran was secretly enriching uranium without the consent or knowledge of the IAEA – the Iranian regime leaders, from both the ideological camp and the pragmatic one, have been vehemently denying these suspicions, declaring that Iran does not have, never had and never will have a military nuclear program. They stressed that this is because nuclear weapons are banned by Islam, emphasizing that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has even issued a religious ruling (fatwa) prohibiting the development, manufacture, possession and use of such weapons.[1]

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    • It’s best to stay away from fake news sources like MEMRI as their sole objective is to serve Israeli propaganda.

      The MEK has served as a front for Israeli intelligence as a means to circulate disinformation. The US intelligence agencies no longer accept “evidence” supplied by the MEK as they are regarded as unreliable.

      To correct the MEMRI flalsities:

      1. Iran was not secretly enriching uranium without the consent or knowledge of the IAEA.The MEK released information regarding the existence of the Natanz facility, which was still under development. No enrichment was taking place there at the time.

      2. Under the Nuclear Safeguards Agreement, which is part of the NPT, Iran were not required to declare the existence of the facility until 6 months prior to the introduction of nuclear material.

      3. Enrichment below 90% does not constitute anything resembling a nuclear weapons program.

      In fact, Iran only began enriching to above 3.5% in 2010. Iran requested this fuel for purchase to the IAEA as replacement fuel to the TNR research reactor which runs on 20% enriched fuel. The US blocked the sale and mocked the Iranians claim that they would produce their own, believing Iran did not have the ability to do so. Thus when Iran did manage to enrich to 20%, it proved hugely embarrassing for Washington.

      What few people even know is that the TNR reactor, which was provided to Iran by the US, operated on highly enriched uranium fuel (90%). It was the Iranian leadership who had the reactor reconfigured to run on 20% enriched fuel.

      Hardly what one would expect from a regime hell bent on producing nukes.

  2. Just to recap:Iran’s judiciary banned the Popular Telegram Messaging App: https://en.radiozamaneh.com/articles/irans-judiciary-banned-the-popular-telegram-messaging-app/

    “The judiciary statement said the decision to ban Telegram is due to “various complaints against the social networking app by Iranian citizens and based on the demand of security organizations.” On April 26, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC) to which Hassan Rouhani is a member, annulled all legal licenses of Telegram CDNs in Iran.”

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