In a telephone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, Rouhani said “based on Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, the arms embargo against Iran must be lifted as of October 18, and if the United States wants to do anything against it, it is a violation of the resolution.”
“The preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is a fundamental commitment for all countries that have remained in the JCPOA today,” he said.
“We expect that whether at the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Board of Governors and at the UN Security Council, there will be close consultation and cooperation between Iran and the three European countries, Russia and China to prevent the opponents of the JCPOA from achieving their goals.”
The Iranian president added that the United States has no right to use the JCPOA mechanism, because it withdrew from the deal more than two years ago.
Rouhani also said that the US approach of imposing illegal and inhumane sanctions against Iran during the coronavirus pandemic is very ugly and in contradiction with international regulations and WHO resolutions.
He further stressed the need for European action to activate economic cooperation with Iran and cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, according to IFP News.
Rouhani further pointed to the recent deadly blast in Beirut, and said, “It is very important that we all help the Lebanese judiciary to find the root causes of this incident.”
Referring to Iran’s aid delivery to Lebanon immediately after the incident, he said, “Lebanon needs more unity among political groups and we must all help create this unity. Lebanon today needs a strong government, and the Lebanese parliament and all parties must work together in this regard.”
He also welcomed the French president’s invitation for Iran to join the international action group to help resolve Lebanon’s problems.
Rouhani further pointed to the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in countries around the world and the second wave of the disease, and emphasized the continued cooperation of countries to control the disease.
In turn, the French president said, “Our views on the extension of the arms embargo on Iran are quite different from those of the United States, and we have made this clear to them.”
“We are taking steps to make the European financial system with Iran (INSTEX) more active,” he added.
Referring to the situation in Lebanon after the horrific explosion in Beirut last week and his visit to Lebanon, the French president called on Iran to help resolve the Lebanese political crisis and invited Iran to join the international action group to resolve the Lebanon crisis.