Nuclear Pact Under Close SNSC Scrutiny

Nuclear Pact Under Close SNSC ScrutinyNuclear Pact Under Close SNSC Scrutiny

President Hassan Rouhani said the Supreme National Security Council is thoroughly examining last month's historic nuclear deal with major powers, which is expected to take effect in the coming months.

"We are now holding special meetings at the national security council, discussing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the official name of the accord)," Rouhani said in a meeting with education officials in Tehran on Tuesday.

A bill passed by Parliament in June, imposing strict conditions on the deal to ensure the establishment's red lines are observed, requires the accord to undergo review by the Majlis and the SNSC.  

Highlighting the painstaking job of the negotiators during near 20 months of talks leading to the pact on July 14 in Vienna, he noted that even sometimes debates at the negotiating table over the text of the JCPOA came down to such tiny yet meaning changing details as articles "a" and "the".

"The job was too complex, but it was possible."

The president said Iran was able to achieve its objectives in negotiations because it chose to follow the path of "moderation". In other words, it neither held "too pessimistic" an approach to the world so it would reject any dialogue as "futile", nor was it passive and submissive, he noted.

"Some said it is an unfair world and the major powers cannot be reasoned with, so we should either confront or submit to them…. They thought the world would have to surrender to us, which was an obvious mistake," IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.

The government, however, avoided the extreme alternatives and opted for a "third path" by relying on "logic, reasoning, knowledge, the art of diplomacy and skills of negotiation," he reiterated.

The president said he believes zero-sum games fail to produce "lasting" solutions and only win-win agreements can guarantee that all parties achieve their goals and that none will break the deal.