On August 28, in an interview with the state-run Khabar-e-Fori news agency, Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, said, “Anyone would have withdrawn from the JCPOA as Trump did.”
While referring to Iran-backed terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Houthis as “resistance groups,” Araghchi said, “When they [world powers] signed the JCOPA, they entered a game that didn’t have any result for them; yet the Islamic Republic reached a new level of power in the Middle East and resistance groups weren’t weakened but empowered.”
On August 30, 2019, in a seminar in the Alborz province, Ali Akbar Salehi, chief of Iran’s atomic agency, admitted that the regime had secretly continued its nuclear program. “The JCPOA didn’t stop our nuclear deal and the history will prove this,” state-run Fars news agency quoted him as saying. “God willing, in two months, we’ll hear some good news about the Arak’s reactor,” Salehi added, referring to the heavy water reactor of Arak, which was supposed to be dismantled according to the JCPOA.
These comments show that any dialogue with the Iranian regime or granting it any privilege will only embolden this regime and won’t stop it from committing acts of terrorisms and undermining international peace and security.