Rouhani threatens IAEA on the level of cooperation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

[Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during his European trip, threatens that Iran will pull out of the nuclear deal if its demands are not met.]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani went to Europe to negotiate about the fate of the nuclear deal after the U.S. pullout. Rouhani’s policy was to mainly threaten the Europeans that Iran will pull out of the nuclear deal if not getting what it wants: TV anchor: “The president returns from European trip after holding bilateral talks with Switzerland and Austria regarding future of JCPOA. The issue that was brought up in Mr. Rouhani’s meetings with leaders of these two countries, as well as with Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, was that under current condition, it is for Tehran to decide on the level of cooperation with IAEA.”

Rouhani also met with Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA, saying that after the U.S. pullout, it would be for Iran to decide on how far it would cooperate with this agency: “In the last hours of his stay in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Rouhani met with Amano, emphasizing on the necessity of creating balance in obligations of both sides to preserve the deal. The president pointed out to fact that the U.S. pulling out of the nuclear deal has imbalanced the accord, adding that it is now the duty of other sides to stand against this measure and compensate for the imbalance that is created in obligations of other sides. Mr. Rouhani emphasized that if the rights of the Iranian people are not provided, there is no reason to stay in the nuclear deal. Mentioning that Iran’s nuclear activities have always been peaceful, the president added that the responsibility for change in the conditions and level of Iran’s cooperation with IAEA is on those who have created the new condition. In this meeting, Amano appreciated Iran’s restraint so far.”