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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Rouhani: Israel thwarting implementation of nuclear deal

ranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused Israel of thwarting the implementation of the nuclear deal his country signed with the West a year ago, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Speaking on state TV, Rouhani claimed that world powers have not fulfilled their commitments under the landmark nuclear deal, thus harming Iranian economic growth.

“If the other party had acted properly, we would be in a better situation today,” he charged, according to AP.

Rouhani then said Iran still cannot access its foreign assets, although it is able to export more oil and to access the international banking system.

He then accused the U.S. congress, Israel and other regional countries of thwarting the implementation of the deal.

Rouhani's comments came one day after Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claimed that the United States was “breaking the promises” it made in the deal while"speaking softly and sweetly" to the Iranians.

Addressing the enforcement of the deal, Khamenei claimed that international sanctions have not been removed fully, as per the deal, and that as a result average living standards in Iran have not gone up.

Rouhani's and Khamenei's comments are not out of the ordinary, as Iran has repeatedly complained that it has fulfilled its end of the deal while all the agreed-upon sanctions have not yet been lifted. Last month, Rouhani went so far as to threaten that the Islamic Republic could restore elements of its nuclear program that were halted under the deal, if world powers that backed the agreement don't live up to their end of the bargain.

State Department spokesman John Kirby, meanwhile, said Tuesday that the U.S. State Department believes Iran is meeting its obligations under the deal and "we're meeting ours."