By Simdi Gloria:-
President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran’s ballistic missile program and its regional influence were non-negotiable.
He said this in a possible effort to set the terms of future nuclear talks with President-elect Joe Biden.
The missiles program and regional issues have nothing to do with the nuclear issue,” Rouhani said in a response to a question by NBC News at a press conference in Tehran.
There is one JCPOA that has been negotiated and agreed — either everyone commits to it or they don’t,” he said, referring to the landmark 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Rouhani added that Biden was “well aware” of what negotiations had previously taken place and what their results were. The Iranian president declined to answer a question about whether there had been contact between Iran and the Biden team.
Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement, from which President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2018 if Tehran abides by the deal, but he has suggested building on the pact.
With our allies, we will work to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal’s provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern,” Biden wrote in a CNN Op-Ed ahead of the election.
“We will continue to push back against Iran’s destabilizing activities, which threaten our friends and partners in the region,” the article continued. “We will continue to use targeted sanctions against Iran’s human rights abuses, its support for terrorism and ballistic missile program.
When asked about Biden’s comments, Rouhani said that he “hadn’t heard” the president-elect speak about these issues.
This is Trump’s words not the words of Biden,” he said. “Trump would say, ‘We don’t agree with this agreement, we should reach a stronger agreement.”
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