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Iran: Rouhani blames Israeli, Saudi pressure for US JCPOA withdrawal

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Kerman
November 12, 2019 at 15:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Israeli and Saudi pressure were factors that led the United States to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while talking in the city of Kerman on Tuesday.

"With respect to [the] Americans, it was disclosed that Israel announced, said 'it was our several-month pressure that forced Trump to withdraw from the JCPOA,' and it was exactly said by Saudi Arabia as well. Saudi Arabia said 'it was our money, we gave so much money to Trump to force him to withdraw from the JCPOA,'" Rouhani said while speaking at a meeting of the Administrative Council of Kerman Province, where he inaugurated several infrastructure and economic projects.

Regarding the current status of the JCPOA, Rouhani said that "mediator countries are still talking, we are talking with them, we give offers and they give offers. We almost agreed in principle, but we have problems in the way of their method and implementation."

On Monday, Rouhani also reportedly said that Iran was planning to stay in the JCPOA in order to win relief from a United Nations arms embargo in 2020.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Israeli and Saudi pressure were factors that led the United States to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while talking in the city of Kerman on Tuesday.

"With respect to [the] Americans, it was disclosed that Israel announced, said 'it was our several-month pressure that forced Trump to withdraw from the JCPOA,' and it was exactly said by Saudi Arabia as well. Saudi Arabia said 'it was our money, we gave so much money to Trump to force him to withdraw from the JCPOA,'" Rouhani said while speaking at a meeting of the Administrative Council of Kerman Province, where he inaugurated several infrastructure and economic projects.

Regarding the current status of the JCPOA, Rouhani said that "mediator countries are still talking, we are talking with them, we give offers and they give offers. We almost agreed in principle, but we have problems in the way of their method and implementation."

On Monday, Rouhani also reportedly said that Iran was planning to stay in the JCPOA in order to win relief from a United Nations arms embargo in 2020.

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