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Rouhani: Iran’s Policies Unaffected by US Election

Rouhani: Iran’s Policies Unaffected by US ElectionRouhani: Iran’s Policies Unaffected by US Election

President Hassan Rouhani said the election of Republican Donald Trump to replace outgoing US Democratic President Barack Obama will have no implications for the Islamic Republic's policies.

"The results of the US vote will not alter the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Rouhani was quoted as saying by ISNA in an address to a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path, Reuters reported.

Trump outspokenly criticized Clinton for being involved at one point in negotiations leading to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it “one of the worst deals ever made” and promising to renegotiate it if he is elected.

The deal, which was signed in January with six world powers, including USA, to roll back Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting international sanctions, is widely seen as a major legacy achievement for Obama. Commenting on Trump’s hawkish approach to the accord, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who is on a European tour told reporters in Romania, “The internal affairs of other countries are not our concern; this is the American people’s choice.

“Whoever the US president is, he has to acquaint himself with the realities on the ground in the world and the region and react to them sensibly. The US is expected to implement its international obligations under the multi-party JCPOA.”

The acronym stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal title of the pact.

In relevant remarks, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi noted that the Islamic Republic will only react based on the US policies on the ground rather than rhetoric used in one of the bitterest presidential campaigns in American history.

 

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