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Regional nations must solve their own problems: Iran‘s Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on regional countries to try and resolve their problems via dialog in order to avoid foreign interference.

Rouhani made the remarks following a meeting with Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani and Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Monday.

He added that the US and its allies are constantly attempting to spread terrorism and generate “insecurity and instability” in the Middle East. He went on to note that the West also creates disagreements among regional countries to bolster their weapons sales.

“We believe that regional issues must be solved by the countries of the region,” he stressed. “Attempts by the global arrogance to change the geographical borders in the Middle East have all proved futile,” he added.

Rouhani underlined that Donald Trump’s administration’ stance on Iran’s historic nuclear deal is a plot by Washington to sow discord and divisiveness about the economic growth of the country among Iranians.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016. Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

On October 13, Trump refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement. While Trump did not pull Washington out of the nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the pact. Reimposing sanctions would put the US at odds with other signatories to the accord and the European Union.

Rouhani stated that only a handful of countries, including Israel, have showed support for Trump’s move while the rest of the world are strongly against it.

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