TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran under the influence of Saudi Arabia, the occupying regime of Israel, and warmongers within him administration.
"The Zionist regime, Saudi Arabia, and hawks in the United States pressured the new U.S. administration and forced it into leaving the JCPOA,” Rouhani said.
The president also claimed that Iran achieved the world’s highest economic growth rate in the year after the implementation of the JCPOA.
"Those who are doubtful about the efficiency of the JCPOA can compare the time when the deal was signed with today when it is undermined,” he said.
"One year after the deal was signed in 2015, Iran’s economic growth rate topped the world ranking,” he said, boasting that the deal helped his government keep the inflation rate at check for three consecutive years, and make the country self-sufficient in many fields including petrol, gasoline, and wheat production.
He complained that some critics inside the country slam his government for having wasted time by holding talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which is under the control of the U.S. and superpowers.
Those critics "believed it was useless to hold talks with the IAEA … but we managed to settle the issue of the possible military dimension (of Iran’s nuclear program) through talks with the IAEA, which finally announced the case as closed,” Rouhani said.
He said in the course of talks with the six world powers, "some said the talks were futile and useless, and Iran needed to resist.”
However, he added, the government managed to hold talks with six superpowers and convince them to take back and annul six UN Security Council resolutions.
Iran is currently scaling back its commitments to the nuclear deal in response to U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic after leaving the JCPOA and other signatories’ failure to ensure that Tehran could benefit economically from staying in the agreement.
Tehran has so far rowed back on its commitments three times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA. It has stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to protect Tehran from the U.S. sanctions.