Iranian nation’s resistance defeated US' cruel sanctions, economic war: President Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani says the entire world has come to understanding that the US policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran has failed as a result of the resistance of the Iranian nation.
"With resistance of the [Iranian] nation against plots hatched by the ill-wishers and [also against] the enemy's cruel sanctions and economic war, today the entire world, including the US, which imposed sanctions on Iran, has come to the conclusion that maximum pressure has failed," Rouhani said on Monday.
"There is no option but to return to law, fulfill commitments, lift sanctions and fully implement the JCPOA," he added, referring to the landmark nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015.
According to Press TV, the Iranian president stressed the importance of maintaining national unity and coherence under the current sensitive situation, saying in today’s situation of the country which is mixed with threats and sanctions, no excuse is accepted for fomenting division and sowing discord among the Iranian nation and government.
In 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany, signed the JCPOA, which was ratified in the form of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
Three years later, however, Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the JCPOA and unleashed what his team called a “maximum pressure" campaign with the stated objective of forcing Iran to negotiate “a better agreement.”
The Islamic Republic refused to bow down to the pressure and adopted instead a “maximum resistance” policy, which includes economic measures to weather the bans as well as reducing Tehran's commitments under the JCPOA.
Now, with Trump gone, the new US administration under President Joe Biden says it seeks to rejoin the deal, but it has so far refused take meaningful action to regain Iran’s trust and come back to compliance.