“American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission”, Rouhani said, repeating Iran’s commonly expressed stance on the programme.
Along with his Instagram post, he also shared a video of US President’s sword dance in the Saudi capital, and blasted Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and participation in the ceremonial sword dance. Iran’s president has no say over these areas, according to experts. Pointing to wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, he warned that stoking the divisions could ultimately mean forcing the U.S.to intervene. Foreign partners have preserved their fear that if they start business with an Iranian company, they may face US-imposed penalties on the grounds that their Iranian partners have had relations with entities under sets of U.S. sanctions that are not subject to the nuclear deal and remain binding. “That I can tell you”.
Backers insisted that the bill would not affect the 2015 deal struck by the Obama administration trading sanctions relief for rollbacks in Iran’s nuclear program. “If America chooses another path, it will fail again”. “They have used numerous measures against Iran, all leading to failure”, Rouhani said.
“We are waiting for this government to settle”.
Trump’s administration, in a notification to the U.S. legislature last month, acknowledged that Tehran was complying with the nuclear agreement, but said it was launching an inter-agency review of whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran was in the United States’ national security interests.
Rouhani further criticized the Saudi summit that Trump attended on Sunday, describing it as a “show-off” that “will not have any political and practical values”.
“J Street applauds the leadership and members of the committee for making the changes necessary to ensure that the bill does not violate the important and successful JCPOA nuclear agreement”, said the group’s vice president of government affairs Dylan Williams in a statement.
Iran has sent troops and weapons to Syria, and its proxy militia Hezbollah has also sent forces to fight alongside Syrian government troops. His flight on Air Force One was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, nations which do not have diplomatic relations.
“Regional countries, instead of spending billions of dollars from their people’s assets on an illusory American support, had better think about the real stability, welfare, tranquility, and peace of their people and spend these exorbitant sums on development and constructive regional cooperation”, he said.
Focusing on the domestic situation at the start of his press conference, Rouhani criticised his hardline opponents for claiming they were the true keepers of the Islamic revolution. Rouhani can protest limited freedoms, something Lake noted that “he mainly does during elections”, but “ultimately it’s not his call”.
“That’s the line the President has to walk, and it’s hard to do that if you’re actually putting all of your focus on bringing people together in this crusade against Iran”, Blinken said.
That agreement alarmed the Saudis, who consider Iran their main rival for influence in the Middle East. Trump repeatedly denounced that agreement as a giveaway to Iran, but his administration is still abiding by its terms.