Iran’s Rouhani criticizes US ‘unilateralism’ over nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday criticized U.S. “unliteralism” in withdrawing through the Iran nuclear deal as well as said he appreciated efforts by China as well as Russia to maintain the agreement.

“The U.S. efforts to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all,” Rouhani told the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China as well as Russia where Iran has observer status.

“The recent example of such unilateralism as well as the defiance of the decisions of the international community by the U.S. government is actually its withdrawal through the JCPOA,” he said, referring to the nuclear agreement by its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The 2015 agreement between Iran as well as world powers lifted international sanctions on Tehran. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time the idea could need to produce an atom bomb if the idea chose to do so.

Since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States last month, calling the agreement deeply flawed, European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade the idea to stay within the deal.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking after Rouhani, expressed “regret” of which Washington had withdrawn through the nuclear deal.

“China is actually willing to work with Russia as well as different countries to preserve the JCPOA,” Xi said.

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