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Iran’s Rouhani turns down Macron’s $15 billion package plan

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 4, 2019–In his remarks on Tuesday during a cabinet meeting, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani ruled out a formula with Europeans to save the 2015 nuclear deal. This is in reference to a plan proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron to provide a $15 billion credit line to Tehran and in return the mullahs would refrain from taking a third step in their violations of the nuclear accord.

However, knowing Iran’s exit from the nuclear deal would place Europe alongside the United States and isolate the mullahs’ regime before the international community, Rouhani also indicated Tehran’s decision to provide another two months for Europe to keep the nuclear deal alive.

Iran “will announce the third step that has an extremely important backbone and will accelerate the activities of Iran's Atomic Energy Org,” according to an official of Rouhani’s office.

On Monday, Ali Rabie, spokesman of Rouhani’s cabinet, had also weighed in on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and Europe, and Tehran’s decision to take the third step in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

“The main issue of these negotiations must be that they buy oil from us. We must sell oil and the money should reach Iran easily… If prior to the set deadline Tehran’s satisfaction is not gained in regards to commitments being met, we will take a strong step in implementing the new round of reducing our commitments,” he explained.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi shed light on this third step. “These measures will be stronger than our first and second phase. If we do not witness the necessary will from the European parties to return to their JCPOA commitments, we will take our third step,” he said, using the acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the common term for the 2015 nuclear deal.

A newspaper affiliated to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) portrayed the dire situation facing the mullahs. “Zarif said the Europeans have nearly ended all trade relations with us and it is necessary that they take the necessary steps. INSTEX is a preliminary measure for Europe to implement its commitments. The Europeans and other JCPOA members had provided 11 commitments. We do not view China and Russia alongside Europe,” the piece reads in part.

The Fars news agency, also associated to the IRGC, cited Zarif from a different aspect. “The third step is going through as scheduled. What the French President is continuing with his American partners is an issue between the French and the European Union. What is important to us is that Europe implements its commitments in this agreement,” the piece reads in part.

The state-run Farhikhtegan daily wrote, “Considering the Europeans’ lack of cooperation, the government is forced to take its third step. This will most likely be a lethal blow to the JCPOA. As a result, Hassan Rouhani is attempting to divert public attention from the status quo in order to decrease the impact of his ideas among public opinion.”

An economic expert affiliated to the Iranian regime says, “Without a doubt, we are concerned that if we implement the third step, our conditions will become very dangerous and our work ahead will become very difficult. If the [regime] goes through with these measures, we will distance ourselves from Europe, and as a result Europe will become closer to the U.S. Afterwards, our dossier will be referred to the United Nations Security Council and reviewed under Chapter 7, making our efforts even more difficult.”

Rouhani’s remarks on Tuesday indicates once again how the mullahs’ regime is intent on nuclear blackmail and seeking to continue its nuclear initiatives while forcing Europe into more appeasement and concessions. It also proves that, regardless of rhetoric, all regime officials are cut from the same cloth and all factions within the regime are united in preserving what they consider their strategic interests. Negotiations with any faction within the regime is doomed to fail and will only come at the expense of the freedoms and rights of the Iranian people. Tehran has shown once again there will be no discussion on its ballistic missile drive and regional meddling, two core issues raised by the U.S. and the Europeans regarding future talks.

The road ahead looks to provide even more tension as Iran’s regime doubles down on its 40-year nature and continuing its malign intentions.

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