Iran National Exports Day ceremony begins in Tehran

First VP: US depriving American firms of Iran’s lucrative market

FNA- Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that Tehran is seeking good economic ties with all states, including the US, adding that Washington has deprived US companies of the benefits of trade with Iran’s lucrative market.

“The world knows that Iran is an important place and they can cooperate with the country. Europe, Africa and Asia, all want to cooperate with Iran,” Jahangiri said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Saturday.

Noting that Iran is willing to expand economic cooperation will all states, excluding Israel, based on the guidelines of Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, he said, “The US has deprived itself of Iran’s economy; we never told them to keep away from our economy.”

His comments came after US President Donald Trump delivered a speech earlier this month, outlining Washington’s strategy on Iran.

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 that he might ultimately terminate it, in defiance of other world powers and undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.

Trump said he would choose not to certify that Tehran is complying with the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

While Trump did not pull Washington out of the nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the pact.