Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the 2015 nuclear deal would be easy to restore, reiterating his desire to return to the accord, known as the JCPOA.
Rouhani said President Trump withdrew from the JCPOA by scribbling “on a piece of paper,” meaning it would be a move easy to reverse. “The next person can put up a nice piece of paper and sign it and it just needs a signature, we’ll be back where we were. It takes no time and needs no negotiations,” Rouhani said during a televised speech.
For months, Rouhani and other Iranian officials have said Iran can quickly come into compliance with the JCPOA if the US lifts sanctions. But there are a lot of forces at work looking to sabotage the deal, including Israel, the likely perpetrator of the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Despite the pressure, Joe Biden still says he will work with Iran to return to the JCPOA. In an interview last week, Biden said he would return to the deal and work on follow-on negotiations for a stricter agreement that covers Iran’s ballistic missile program.
After the US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 by reimposing sanctions, Iran waited a year for other signatories to the deal to offset the sanctions. After a year passed, Iran began gradually violating the deal, but as Rouhani and other officials have said, the violations are easily reversible.