Rouhani hails EU decision to stand by Iran after US pullout from JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the European Union’s decision to stand by Iran after Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

“The EU’s decision to stand up against the US in support of Iran following Washington’s pullout (from the JCPOA) was a historic move,” Rouhani said on Sunday addressing academics in Tehran, IRNA reported on October 14.

He added that the US expected Iran to leave the deal as well, but Iran decided to remain in the international agreement to thwart US plots.

“(US President Donald) Trump failed to gain world’s support for his decision to pull out of the JCPOA,” Rouhani said.

Back in May, Trump pulled his country out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite objections from other signatories of the accord.

In August, Washington re-imposed the first round of anti-Iran sanctions it had lifted under the JCPOA. The second phase of US bans will come into effect next month.