Iran rejects any change in 2015 nuke deal, accepts no new participant: President

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TEHRAN, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected on Wednesday any changes in the content of the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement as well as the addition of any new participant to the deal.

"No clause of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will be changed. Be aware of it. Also, no one will be added to the JCPOA," Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting, addressing the international community and the United States.

With regards to the participants in JCPOA, it is either the original P5+1 or still the current P4+1 after the exit of Washington, the Iranian president noted.

On Jan. 29, French President Emmanuel Macron said France's "allies in the region," including Saudi Arabia, should be included in a dialogue with Iran for a nuclear deal, Saudi media reported.

Everybody is welcome to come into compliance with it, Rouhani said, if they do not, "go along with their lives, and we will carry on with our business."

The United States must be aware that it is "in violation" of UN Security Countil (UNSC) Resolution 2231 which endorses the agreement and it is "not an Iranian issue" but a UNSC agreement, he warned.

If Washington returns into compliance, Rouhani said, Iran will "completely" fulfill its commitments.

"If we see any kind of good will (on the part of the U.S. government), our answer will be good will. If we see any action, our answer will be action. And if it is full commitment, there will be full commitment from our part," the Iranian president concluded.

Following the U.S. exit from the nuclear deal in 2018 and the reimposed sanctions, Iran has stopped implementing parts of its obligations under the JCPOA.

New U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Biden administration would seek to rejoin JCPOA if Tehran returns to compliance. Enditem

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