Rouhani says Iran not to accept any JCPOA change

Monitoring Desk

TABRIZ: President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the US is now accused of violating its commitments with regards to the JCPOA and Iran is not to accept to add or omit even a simple sentence from the JCPOA. President Rouhani made the remarks at the end of his trip to East Azarbaijan in Tabriz on Wednesday.

‘If Europe minds to please Trump, they should mind its costs and avoid putting their hands in the pocket of noble Iranian people, ‘he said.

The US presence in the region is the root cause of instability, but Iran attaches importance to protecting lives of people in the region, President Rouhani said.

He said: ‘From the very early days of its formation, the government of prudence and hope in Iran, has worked toward having constructive engagement with the world and this has been urged even by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei,’ President Hassan Rouhani said, addressing the inauguration ceremony held to mark choosing of Tabriz as the tourism capital of the Islamic World. Rouhani said that in order to engage with the world, countries need to develop a good understanding about their neighbors and others around the globe. This, in fact, shows the need for developing a good understanding about the world, the history and old civilizations, he said. ‘Tourism connects us both to the past and the modern world,’ President Rouhani added.

Tabriz, the third largest city in Iran, has a special place in the history and economy of the country. The city has been chosen by the OIC as tourism capital of the Islamic World in 2018.

Meanwhile, the US is not seeking to reopen or renegoriate the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal but hopes to stay in it to fix its flaws with a supplementary agreement, U.S. non-proliferation envoy Chri-stopher Ford said on Wednes-day.

Asked if French President Macron had saved the JCPOA in talks in Washington, Ford said: “I hope the JCPOA has been saved in the context of the challenge that President Trump set for us, of trying to remain within the deal but in the context of moving forward with our partners on an approach that stands a pretty good chance of turning what was in effect a temporary postponement … into a more enduring answer.”