President Rouhani asserted that “no one should expect Iran to take the first step” in complying with the JCPOA. “The country that has withdrawn from its commitments for three years in violation of international law and its obligations in [UN Security Council Resolution] 2231, is obliged to take the first step”. He further reiterated that “as soon as the P5+1 members fulfill all their obligations, they should know that we will fulfill our obligations the next hour”. Relatedly, a senior Iranian diplomat asserted that “we are not prepared to engage in any other subjects, being regional issues, our defence capabilities, whatsoever, especially since the U.S. has proved to be an unworthy party in negotiations. And the Europeans have proved that they are not able to deliver their promises”.
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