President Rouhani remarked that “we believe that the situation in the next U.S. administration will change… We are interested in expanding relations with European and Western countries and with our neighbours, and we are working on this basis”. Asked about Iranian claims to U.S. compensation over sanctions, Rouhani indicated: “If we say that, it means that the sanctions will continue for another five years… if the P5+1 returns to all its commitments, we will immediately return to all our commitments”. He also underscored that “we will not accept any preconditions from anyone. The JCPOA is not negotiable, nor do we want to re-negotiate it item by item… Either everyone implements it or doesn’t”. “Other issues… like missile and regional issues have nothing to do [with] the nuclear issue”, Rouhani affirmed. “These are not negotiable. What can be on the table is for everyone to return to their full commitments as soon as possible”.
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