Iran’s top foreign policy priority to protect the nuclear deal from US

Vastavam web: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said today the top foreign policy priority for his new government was to protect the nuclear deal from being torn up by the United States.”The most important job of our foreign minister is first to stand behind the JCPOA, and not to allow the US and other enemies to succeed,” Rouhani told parliament, using the technical name for the 2015 deal that eased sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme.It has come under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and Washington imposed new sanctions with each accusing the other of violating the spirit of the agreement.

But Rouhani has insisted the deal remains the preferred way forward, not least to help rebuild Iran’s struggling economy and create jobs.He was addressing lawmakers ahead of votes of confidence on his ministerial choices.Rouhani, a political moderate, began his second term earlier this month after winning a resounding victory over a hardline challenger in May.