Rouhani Urges UN, All Parties to Honor JCPOA

President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to IRNA.

He said that it is a duty for all parties, especially the UN Secretariat, to maintain and reinforce the JCPOA.

President Rouhani urged the UN Chief to ‘provide realistic and independent executive reports on the implementation of the Resolution 2231’ in a way that would boost cooperation.

On 20 July 2015, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, endorsing the JCPOA under which Iran pledged that it would not seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons.

The JCPOA has prepared a good opportunity to show the power of dialogue and promotion of multilateral diplomacy and also prepared the ground for the UN to play a role in settling the disputed issues, President Rouhani said.

He stressed that Iran expected the ‘UN Secretariat to play a supportive and facilitating role’ in all phases of JCPOA implementation.

Noting that the atmosphere of the post-JCPOA era ‘should be an atmosphere of cooperation,’ President Rouhani said, if one party acts completely upon its commitments while the other party makes procrastinations that will be the worst damage to the JCPOA and the principle of dialogue.’

President Rouhani also touched upon major issues in the Middle East, especially the situations in Syria and Yemen.

As for Yemen, he said, continued military attacks and committing war crimes are highly the source of concern since all international conventions are constantly violated in that country. 

He said that the war against defenseless people of Yemen has started on no bases and continued by bombarding women and children. 

As for Syria, President Rouhani voiced Tehran’s readiness to play its constructive role to help the crisis end in that country. 

“In the fight against terrorism, the main principle is to maintain sovereignty and integrity of countries and under present conditions, humanitarian issues are the top priority” in Syria.

Noting that the UN should abide by its responsibility in dealing with the crisis in Yemen, President Rouhani said, the UN is expected to brave certain pressures and not to compromise the basic human rights principles in Yemen and the UN Chief should play his important role under present historic juncture.

He emphasized finding a durable solution for the crises in Syria and Yemen.

President Rouhani further referred to the UN Chief’s appreciation for Iran’s four-year chairmanship over the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and said, “During our presidency over NAM we tried to ensure the Movement becomes more active in fulfilling its goal.”

He hoped that as an influential international body, NAM would act on and remain successful in abiding by its genuine goal and charter.

Ban for his part referred to Iran chairmanship over NAM and said, “I praise your extraordinary and brilliant job in presidency over NAM.”

President Rouhani also said all parties should use all their capacity to make members adhere to their commitment.