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Nahavandian: Cooperation with US depends on progress of JCPOA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Nov 9, IRNA -- Presidential Office chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian said on Monday that the progress in enforcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a test for seriousness and honesty of the United States and Iranian cooperation with the US.

Nahavandian told Spanish magazine, El País, the people chant the slogan 'Down with the US' to indicate their objection to the US foreign policy in the Middle East and the hostility of the White House to the Iranian people over the past three decades.

He said that the slogan carries the message of opposition to the US foreign policy not to the American people.

Nahavandian said when people chant slogans in streets, what they have in their mind is the US support for military coup to topple the popular government of former Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq in the 1953. They do remember when the US Navy downed Iranian passenger plane over the Persian Gulf, said the Iranian official, adding that the slogans mark the opposition of Iranian people to the US policies over the past several decades.

He said what should be corrected is the hostile foreign policy of the US administration and if the change of the policy, as certain officials in the US talk about, happens, and Iranian people see the change in practice, the slogan may be reviewed.

To a question whether the opposition to the JCPOA will be successful to derail it, Nahavandian said Iranian people closely follow the nuclear issue and talks and different political groups present their comments on the issue because Iran is a democratic state.

'However, Iran has always been loyal to its commitments. The JCPOA is the outcome of decision made by the legal authorities of the governing system and there is substantive backing for its success.'

'On our part, there is no doubt that such an issue should go on. Of course, due to the long record of distrust in the US, people should be very careful that all the dimensions are taken into consideration and the confidence should be obtained that the other party will not violate the accord and will not seek pretext to violate it. If the other party is serious and honest, no doubt Iran will also be serious and honest.'

Asked about the possibility of promotion of Iran-US cooperation, Nahavandian said as the Supreme Leader has already said, the nuclear accord is a test for seriousness and honesty. If they adhere to what they have promised, that will be a positive sign. Any possible cooperation will depend on the way the accord is implemented.'


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