Rouhani: Iran could restore nuclear program if nuclear deal violated

Iranian President gives televised address marking year since nuclear deal; Claims “political capability to negotiate with world”; Warns against violation of nuclear deal; Rouhani to meet with Putin in August

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran is “completely ready” to restore “elements of its nuclear program” if world powers were to violate any of the agreements made as part of the nuclear deal, warning that any violation would be “detrimental to all”.

Making a televised address on the eve marking one year since the creation of a nuclear deal with world powers, Rouhani warned that any country that does not honor the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPOA ) [nuclear deal] would be a “political loser” in the “international arena”, stating that the “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is beneficial to all countries and international peace, security, stability and development but a violation of it will be detrimental to all.”

Rouhani claimed that Iran has not violated any parts of the nuclear deal and has gained trust from the international community given that the “Islamic Republic of Iran proved on this day [July 14, 2015] that it has the political capability to negotiate with the world powers to solve a complicated international issue and defend the Iranian nation’s rights.”

The nuclear deal created between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States (P5+1) took over two years to negotiate and was only implemented six months ago. Iran has violated the nuclear deal with its testing and continued development of its ballistics missile systems. In March of this year, Iran tested two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on the missiles, violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Head of the Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, confirmed the threat against the State of Israel after the launch stating “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”

During a press conference in Tehran, Iranian negotiator Hamid Baeidinejad was asked about the nuclear deal, Baeidinejad reinforcing Rouhani’s remarks stating that Iran “will not agree to anything less than the full implementation of the JCPOA.” He also claimed Iran has never violated the nuclear deal and that “the total process has been relatively satisfactory despite the difficulties that we see in the implementation… We believe that the deal has not been violated so far and efforts continue to resolve the remaining issues.”

Rouhani will also meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in August in Baku, their meeting to be centered on the North-South Transport Corridor and regional cooperation in Syria, reports claiming that “The agenda will be mostly devoted to the North-South Transport Corridor, which is the transit from the Persian Gulf through the territory of Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It is expected to become a safe route for all the countries of the region.” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour stated on Wednesday that “Russia and Iran have very serious cooperation on Syria, which is yielding good results.”