Iranian, World leaders harshly react to Trump’s decision on JCPOA

October 15, The Iran Project –US President Donald Trump’s Friday speech against Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries has drawn sharp reaction from Iranian officials. World leaders have also warned the US president against backing out of the 2015 agreement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump’s speech against the Islamic Republic was nothing more than insults and delirious talk.

“Mr. Trump’s remarks on Iran…contained nothing but expletives and a pile of delusional allegations against the Iranian nation,” Rouhani stated in a televised speech on Friday moments after Trump delivered a speech outlining US strategy on the Islamic Republic.

The US president refused to certify the 2015 international nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany and warned he might ultimately terminate it, in defiance of other world powers and undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.

“How [is it possible] that a president has not yet learned the name of the world-renowned and historical Persian Gulf… where unfortunately US warships unnecessarily and repeatedly sail through? He could have at least asked his [country’s] military officials how the name of this gulf is printed on the maps they use,” Rouhani noted.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Trump’s non-diplomatic rhetoric regarding Iran, saying his remarks were inappropriate, as he did not observed diplomatic norms in his speech.

Speaking in a televised interview, Zarif further reiterated that stances taken by Trump against the Iranian nation are not something new, as US has been hostile towards Iran and stood in contrast to it over the past four decades.

Leader’s Aide Ali Akbar Velayati said that the irrational behavior of US president, who apparently has not studied history, is nothing new, adding that the US president was a businessman, mainly occupied in business industry.

He went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly stated its principal stance and will adhere to it. The armed forces including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps belongs to the people of this country, not only they establish authority and security in Iran, but they stand against the enemies of the country with all their might and bring the terrorists and extremist groups to their knees.

The Iranian official emphasized that Iran will definitely show the proper and proportionate response to any action defying its interests.

In another development, Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi blasted Trump for his remarks against Iran and the nuclear deal, stressing that Washington has grown more isolated by opposition to an internationally-endorsed agreement.

“Trump’s remarks further isolated the US and such cheap behavior will leave no impact on the Iranian people’s tranquility and trust (in the Islamic Republic),” Alavi said on Saturday.

He added that Trump’s remarks will further increase unity and convergence among the Iranian people and lead them to further support for the country’s defensive bodies, specially the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Also, Iran’s first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri lauded the world support for Iran’s nuclear deal and said Trump is more isolated than ever.

Jahangiri said that nobody applauded Trump’s dramatic play which was full of bluff, calling Trump’s recent speech against Iran, parts of the US psychological war against the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Armed Forces spokesman General Masoud Jazayeri also announced that Iran’s Armed Forces are more determined today to promote the country’s defensive power.

Iran will spare no effort in supporting oppressed people especially those in western Asia and even in the US, he noted, adding that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will disturb American leaders’ dreams.

Shortly after Trump officially announced on Friday that he would not certify the nuclear deal European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the US president is not in a position to terminate Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, stressing that the 2015 accord reached between Iran and Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China as well as the US “does not belong to any single country”.

Moreover, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement, expressing concern over “the possible implications” of Washington’s decision.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they “stand committed to its full implementation by all sides.”

Besides, Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reconfirmed that Iran is fully implementing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, shortly after Trump refused to certify the landmark accord.

“As I have reported to the Board of Governors, the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” IAEA director general said in a statement on Friday evening.

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres also in a statement called for keeping Iran nuclear deal, saying that the adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was a very important breakthrough to consolidate nuclear non-proliferation and advance global peace and security.

It is worth mentioning that Iran’s permanent mission to the UN, in a letter to Secretary General Antonio Guterres, has called for the circulation of Iran’s official reaction to the US president’s speech as a UN Security Council document.