Iran, Austria ink four agreements
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a news conference on Wednesday Tehran will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal only if its benefits are guaranteed by other signatories after the United States withdrew from the accord.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Rouhani said the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal was “illegal”.
“Not the United States, not any other country would benefit from the decision to withdraw from the accord,” Rouhani said.
"If the other signatory states can guarantee Iran's interests, we will continue with the JCPOA without the US," he added referring to the deal by its official name.
The other parties to the agreement – France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China – have said they remain committed to the deal so long as Iran is honoring it.
The nuclear pact that was agreed in Vienna in 2015 obliged Iran to curb its nuclear program. Western sanctions including an embargo on Iranian oil exports were lifted in return.
US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the accord in May and moved to reinstate economic sanctions against Tehran. US officials also warned that other nations would face sanctions unless they stopped doing business with Iran.
"What United States did was against the law, UNSC resolutions and multilateral obligations, and without a doubt, this will be to the US and others' detriment," Rouhani said.
Rouhani slammed Trump for pulling the US out of the JCPOA, saying “the era of unilateralism is over and no country can decide for others”.
Van der Bellen said hundreds of Austrian companies are active in Iran and Austria and the EU are doing their best to create the necessary framework not only for establishment of cooperation with Iran but also for strengthening ties in hard times.
During Rouhani’s visit to Austria, Tehran and Vienna signed four cooperation documents in the fields of transportation, water resources management, renewable energies and mine industry.
Rouhani also held talks with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Following the meeting, the two attended a joint press conference.
Rouhani expressed hope that Iran and Austria can maintain their trade ties and that private sectors can have more cooperation.
Kurz said Austria and the European Union are still committed to the JCPOA.
Reuters, dpa and president.ir contributed to this story.