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    Iranian President Rouhani Calls on US to Return to JCPOA and Resume Negotiations

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    The ever-increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen since the Iranian military downed an American drone, claiming it had crossed the country's border, while the US insisted it had been operating over international waters.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged the US to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of action (JCPOA), also known as Iranian nuclear deal, and start negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

    "We recommend to Europe and the United States to adopt a rational approach again, to return to the negotiating table, to return to mutual understanding, respecting the law and complying with decisions of the UN Security Council, in order to act within the JCPOA in these conditions", he said.

    Iran remains committed to the nuclear deal and will be 100 percent compliant with it, as soon as other signatories are, the president stressed.

    Commander-in-chief of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Major General Hossein Salami explained earlier in the day, how other states are attempting to put pressure on Tehran.

    "In the military sphere, we have completely closed the path for the enemy", Salami noted. "In the current situation it is the enemies who are worried about the outbreak of war and this worry is apparent in their physical and tactical behaviour ... At the current crossroads, the economic war is the main field for the enemy to confront us".

    The statement comes after earlier this week Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz announced that a US-led "economic war" on Iran would be successful, adding that his country is bracing itself for possible military involvement in the escalation of relations between Tehran and Washington.

    After the downing of the American UAV, US President Donald Trump claimed that he had stopped the military from conducting a retaliatory strike against the Islamic Republic just ten minutes before the start of the operation.

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