Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
[In this footage, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will not accept any changes to the nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1. U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for changes to the deal, particularly with regard to Iranian missile program, so that he would certify it again.]
Hassan Rouhani: First of all, I am very glad that Mr. Trump, one year after going the White House, hasn’t been able to scrap the nuclear deal (JCPOA) as he had promised during the election campaign. And JCPOA is so strong that it has been able to resist against the U.S. during the last year.
What the U.S. is going to do in future, we don’t know. And it is not just us. Whoever we ask, they say they don’t know. Even when we ask European friends close to Mr. Trump about what he is going to do, they say they don’t know. Nobody can predict what the U.S. administration wants to do in future – not about JCPOA nor about other issues that exist in today’s world.
Even about their own trade agreements with the U.S., they don’t know if the U.S. is going to uphold or disrupt them – just as they have disrupted some of them such as climate change agreement. Anyway, that is none of our business. We have our own principles, and we act upon them. First of all, we won’t be the first to violate the JCPOA, as we have said it repeatedly.
Nothing will be added or erased from JCPOA. What Mr. Trump wants to do is his business. Not even a single line will be added or erased from JCPOA. We don’t consider other issues as related to JCPOA. It is an agreement between 7 parties. Seven countries have reached an agreement.
JCPOA is an international agreement, approved by UN Security Council’s 2131 resolution. It is not an obligation by Democratic Party (in the U.S.). One of Mr. Trump’s mistake is to think that JCPOA is an obligation by Democratic Party. JCPOA is the obligation of the U.S. administration, no matter what party is in power. Therefore, this agreement is enduring and sustainable. And the U.S. administration is committed to it.
And if they make any violation, they have trampled on their own obligation and have damaged their own credibility. Of course, we have made necessary predictions for the future. In so far as our interests are secured in JCPOA, we will stay in it. U.S. being or not being in JCPOA will have no impacts on our decision. Our main decision is based on whether our intended interests are secured by JCPOA or not.