JCPOA collapse detrimental to whole world: Iran’s Rouhani

Xinhua News Agency | Nov 19, 2019 at 3:08 PM

TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the collapse of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would be detrimental to the entire world.

"It is unprecedented in the global history that the U.S. wants to punish countries that are acting based on the UN resolutions," Rouhani said in a meeting with Australia's new Ambassador to Iran Lyndall Sachs while receiving a copy of her credentials.

He said standing up to U.S. sanctions is everybody's duty. "We must stand up to the United States' illegal actions and make it understand that everybody must act based on the law."

For her part, Sachs said, "We believe that deepening economic and trade relations between Iran and Australia can lay the ground for further development of relations."

She said Australia always supports the JCPOA, which she described as a "tool to establish and develop peace and security in the region and that everybody must live up to their commitments under the deal."