Rouhani also said the country’s nuclear industry was better today during his speech at the 59th General Assembly of the Central Bank of Iran in Tehran which was broadcast live on Iranian state television.
“Our daily enrichment is today more than before signing the agreement (JCPOA),” Rouhani said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, the official name of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Rouhani did not offer details on how much more uranium is being enriched.
Signed by Iran and the United States, France, Russia, China and Germany, a group known as P5 + 1, after two years of intense negotiations, the agreement was intended to limit Iran’s civil nuclear program and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons . in exchange for the relief of sanctions.
But the agreement began to crumble when the United States moved away from it in 2018 and again imposed sanctions on Iran. Tehran has responded in recent months by withdrawing from some of its commitments under the pact.
Earlier this week, the so-called E3 countries, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, activated a dispute mechanism in the agreement, citing Iran’s violations of some of the limits of the agreement.
Rouhani accused the P5 + 1 countries on Thursday of withdrawing from the agreement and said Iran had acted accordingly.
“We did not sit down, when they (P5 + 1) reduced their commitment (with JCPOA), we also reduced our commitment,” said Rouhani.
“I would like to say that the current situation is not easy, but we are aware that world security, world politics and the world economy are closely related.”
Since withdrawing from the agreement in 2018, the Trump administration has introduced a “maximum pressure” campaign of severe sanctions, but the European Union has asked that the agreement be maintained.
EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell met Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi to ask for their preservation.
And despite invoking the dispute mechanism in the agreement, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom said earlier this week that they remain committed to the pact.
Ivana Kottasová and Stephanie Halasz of CNN contributed to this report.