It takes one decree, one hour for US to lift Iran sanctions
President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed as “lies” the US’s claims that it needs a few months to lift the anti-Iran sanctions and return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal since those things can happen through “a single decree and in one hour.” “The Americans lie when they say a return to their commitments and […]

President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed as “lies” the US’s claims that it needs a few months to lift the anti-Iran sanctions and return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal since those things can happen through “a single decree and in one hour.”

“The Americans lie when they say a return to their commitments and the lifting of the sanctions take 2 to 3 months...[It] can be done with one decree and in an hour. This only requires a will, and if the will is serious, the US can return to all its obligations in a single day, and we can return to all our commitments,” he told a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

“Mere slogans and interviews will not work,” said Rouhani. “The Americans must act and do everything in their power” to facilitate the revival of the nuclear deal it abandoned in 2018 in defiance of international law.

He said Tehran has been awaiting the removal of Washington’s sanctions “at every moment and hour” over the past four months, since the Iranian Parliament adopted a law intending to counteract the unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The chief Iranian executive also noted that that previous government under president Donald Trump — which was the “most vicious” one in history — imposed inhumane sanctions against the Iranian nation, which did not even spare food.

Although the new US administration under President Joe Biden appears to have changed its approach, it has not yet taken any serious measure practically, Rouhani said.

“It has said a number of things, but in practice, we do not see anything. It is still the same sanctions and pressure,” he said.

“We told them…if you accept that this person was a terrorist, then you cannot continue the terrorist act for a second,” he said.

The president said the country should actively pursue the lifting of the sanctions and a return to diplomacy.

“We must seek negotiations and the lifting of the sanctions on a daily basis. As Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] stated, we are in no hurry,” he said.

The future of the JCPOA has been in doubt since May 2018, when Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the deal and imposed the “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran.

Despite throwing verbal support behind the JCPOA, the European parties to the deal — France, Britain and Germany — have succumbed to Washington’s pressure and failed to fulfill their contractual commitments under the agreement to protect Tehran's economic interests.

That promoted Tehran to suspend some of its obligations as part of its legal rights stipulated in Article 36 of the JCPOA.

Biden has spoken of a willingness to return the US to the nuclear accord, but, in practice, his administration has so far been sticking with Trump’s futile “maximum pressure” campaign.

Tehran says Washington, as the first party that reneged on its commitments, should take the first step towards the JCPOA’s revival and unconditionally remove all the anti-Iran sanctions in a verifiable manner.

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