Rouhani: Sanctions Unable to Block Iran's Development
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani voiced optimism about reaching an agreement with the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany), but meantime, stressed that the US sanctions have failed to prevent Iran's progress and development.
Addressing an inaugural ceremony of petrochemical projects via video conference on Thursday morning, Rouhani expressed optimism about the progress of nuclear deal talks in Vienna.
"We have taken the big step and an agreement in principle has been achieved," he added.
However, the Iranian President said that there are still some issues remaining that are being discussed to reach a final agreement.
He said that although the sanctions created big problems for Iran's economy, they could not stop Iran's economic growth as the inaugurations of major projects under the sanctions show.
"Sanctions couldn't block our development. In the past year, we have been able to inaugurate 17 petrochemical projects despite being coronavirus and the sanctions pressures. We were able to complete these important projects."
He added that the world powers today admit that the sanctions have failed, expressing optimism that they would be lifted.
President Rouhani said that there is an agreement in principle and the talks continue on detailed issues.
He noted that the other side of the talks has accepted to lift the sanctions on oil, petrochemicals, shipping, insurance and banking.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister and top negotiator in talks with the G4+1 Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that despite some progress in the talks with the world powers in Vienna, there are still key issues that have to be discussed and decided.
“Good progress has been made in the last two weeks and key issues remain that need further investigation and decision-making in the capitals,” Araqchi said before a meeting of the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal.
Pointing to Wednesday’s Joint Commission, he added, “This is a meeting that will take more than two weeks and a conclusion will be reached and delegations will return to the capitals for consultations.”
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian parliamentarians in a statement on Tuesday underscored the need for Washington to lift all sanctions imposed against Iran before Tehran reverses its modified nuclear deal commitments.
“Simultaneous with the Vienna meetings, the parliament emphasizes the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the necessity for a real removal of all sanctions and its precise verification as the main condition for Iran's adherence to its nuclear undertakings, and underlines that the truthful economic benefit of the Iranian people sets the criterion for assessing and accepting the results of talks between Iran and other nuclear deal member states,” the statement said.
“Therefore, the parliament does not accept any division and categorization of sanctions that would lead to maintaining a part of the economic pressures against the Iranian people and preventing economic benefits or disrupting them and seriously calls for complete, verifiable and irreversible lifting of sanctions which act as the US weapon, and believes that a partial removal of sanctions would be equal to the remaining of all sanctions, and accepting the remaining of a number of sanctions would mean an endorsement of their legitimacy,” it added.
The statement stressed that in order to achieve this goal, the parliament will monitor this process with special care and diligence in accordance with the Article 7 of ‘the Law on Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions and Protect the Interests of the Iranian Nation’.
“The Vienna meetings showed that the US and Europe do not yet have a serious will to lift all sanctions as they further seek to impose an agreement on Iran that would put further restrictions on its nuclear operations and pave the way for regional and defense talks,” it added.
The lawmakers said that the parliament insists on preserving and safeguarding the nuclear achievements of the country's scientists given the excessive demands of the US and other western countries, including halting research and development activities and destroying the new generation centrifuges.
The statement noted that the Law for Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions has revolutionized the nuclear program and played an important role in the trend of talks on lifting the sanctions, and said, “Therefore, it is necessary for the government to rapidly implement all the technical provisions of this law, including launching of the uranium metal plant, the legal deadline for its operation has expired in accordance with the Article 4 (of the Law).”
The Iranian legislators also called on the government to seriously deal with the western side in Vienna talks and terminate implementation of the agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Additional Protocol to the NPT, given the fact that the deadline for reaching an agreement with the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna talks would arrive in the next few days.