Tehran (ISNA) – Referring to being in the last days of the year 1399 and emphasizing the full observance of health protocols during Nowruz ceremonies and celebrations by the people, Iranian President said, “In the last days of the year, the first duty of the government is to inaugurate all the projects that can be opened in the country”.
Speaking on Wednesday at the cabinet meeting, President Hassan Rouhani stated that everything that the 11th and 12th governments emphasized in political, economic and domestic issues was aimed promoting welfare of the people and the development of production and the realization of the rights of the people, adding, “Trade with the world is the right of the people”.
Dr. Rouhani continued by emphasizing that the sanctions should be lifted and this is the right of the people, stating, “If we delay the lifting of the sanctions even for an hour, we have violated the rights of the people and the most important public right is that the sanctions must be lifted and we should all work for this goal”.
The President stated, “The Constitution explicitly states that except in cases where executive affairs is explicitly entrusted to the Supreme Leader, all executive affairs are the responsibility of the government and no one has the right to interfere in it”.
The president said, “In the current situation, the tone of the new US administration has changed a little and he admits that the previous administration’s actions were wrong, but no new step has been taken by the new US administration in lifting the sanctions, which is the main issue”.
Dr. Rouhani stated that the lifting of sanctions and the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is both easy and very difficult, adding, “If there is a serious will on the part of the parties, especially the United States, and they fulfil all their obligations and lift the sanctions, Iran will immediately fulfil its obligations”.
“This issue can be solved in a short time, but if those, specifically Zionists, who disgraced Trump in the political, domestic and international stages, become active again, it would be difficult to reach a conclusion,” he continued.
The president said, “The Zionists deceived Trump and misled him, and if the current US administration admits that he made a mistake, it should declare it explicitly and compensate it as soon as possible”.
Dr. Rouhani pointed out, “We emphasize to the Europeans that we must maintain the JCPOA, and of course this cannot be done with speeches and slogans, and it is necessary to take practical action”.
The President stated, “If the government insists in this regard, it should not be misinterpreted”.
Emphasizing that the JCPOA is one of the most important political agreements in the history of Iran, the President said, “It was because of this agreement, that we could eliminate the measures that were costly for Iran, and in recent days we have shown that if we want, we can produce all products within a week”.
Dr. Rouhani stated, “The government has fulfilled its commitment to spin both the centrifuges and the wheel of the country’s economy every day”.
The President added, “I have emphasized to the European leaders that today the P4+1 has a heavy responsibility and they should know that we are the ones who remained in the JCPOA during the three years of economic war, so they should stop the sanctions and enforce the law”.
In another part of his speech, the President pointed out the importance of FATF and said, “The FATF is a special financial group that takes action on financial issues and transactions worldwide, and all countries have joined it. If it is bad, so why have all countries joined it”?
Dr. Rouhani said, “All countries are trying to get a higher rank in this special group. The government submitted four bills to the parliament in this regard, and in this regard, the government, the parliament and the Guardian Council did their job. Only in two cases of organized crime and countering the financing of terrorism, there were issues, which were sent to the Expediency Council”.
Referring to the importance of joining the FATF on the lives of the people and the country’s economy, the president said, “When the country’s risk rate rises, it means that we have to pay more for money transfers, and this puts more pressure on the economy”.
The President said, “I hope that with the cooperation of each other and members of the Expediency Council, we will pass this stage and the Islamic Consultative Assembly will approve the budget bill within the framework of the law as soon as possible so that we can implement this bill from the beginning of the new year”.
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