Iran will never tie progress to JCPOA or leave negotiating table: President Raeisi
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic will neither leave the negotiating table with the P4+1 group of countries on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal nor tie its progress to the accord.
"We will not tie the country's progress and settlement of the problems to the JCPOA (the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The Iranian negotiating team will not leave the negotiating table, either," Raeisi said in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman on Friday.
He said Iran’s progress and economy would never be kept back on account of other people’s “smiles and scowls.” The negotiating team, Raeisi said, would continue its work based on "very strong" arguments.
"We will seriously address Iran’s economic and cultural circumstances regardless of the path the [JCPOA revival] negotiations take and what will happen in the future."
Despite the enemies' wish, he said, Iran's affairs would be pursued with participation of the people and the elites and the country's future will be bright. “We will not let the enemies fulfill their objective, which is to paralyze production and destroy the Iranian economy and culture.”