President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will be responsible for any “consequences” resulting from their normalization of relations with Israel.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Rouhani said that Israel is “committing more crimes in Palestine every day,” AFP reported.
“Some of the region’s countries, their people, are pious Muslims but their rulers neither understand religion nor [their] debt ... to the nation of Palestine, to their brothers speaking their language,” he said in televised remarks.
“How could you reach out your hands to Israel? And then you want to give them bases in the region? All the severe consequences that would arise from this are on you.”
The remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain signed agreements establishing full diplomatic ties at a ceremony at the White House.
US President Donald Trump said similar Washington-brokered deals were close between Israel and several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia.
Iran had previously warned Bahrain that its deal made it a partner to Israel’s “crimes” and slammed the UAE for “betraying” the Muslim world.
US ‘humiliating defeat’
Rouhani also said the US will suffer a “humiliating defeat” in its push to restore UN sanctions on Iran, saying this weekend will mark a victory for the Iranian nation.
The 30-day countdown for the return of UN sanctions, which the US claims to have activated against Iran after invoking the so-called snapback mechanism, will end over the weekend.
“Saturday and Sunday are the days of the Iranian nation’s victory and America’s humiliating defeat,” the president said, adding, “I congratulate the Iranian nation in advance on its great and historic victory in defeating America’s attempts to trigger the snapback mechanism,” Press TV reported.
On August 20, the US formally notified the United Nations of its request for all UN sanctions on Iran to be restored, citing what it claimed to be Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
However, the remaining signatories to the deal — France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China – maintained that Washington could not initiate the mechanism because it had already left the accord in May 2018.
“The whole world knows that the snapback mechanism belongs to the JCPOA members. The one who has considered the JCPOA to be treasonous, named it the ‘worst deal ever,’ withdrawn from it, heaped scorn on it, encouraged others to pull out of it and stood against the UN Security Council Resolution , is not qualified for this job,” Rouhani said, referring to the resolution that enshrined the nuclear deal.
Activating the snapback mechanism “is a one-month process, which fortunately the United States could not even start. It is one of Iran’s historical victories and successes. America wants to conspire against the Iranian people but cannot even take a single step,” he added.
Rouhani also stressed that Security Council members as well as JCPOA parties have all opposed the US push to invoke the snapback mechanism.
Washington wanted to portray this weekend as a victory for itself, but it could not “even get a [Security Council] member onboard and take a step to start [the mechanism], so how would it succeed?” the president exclaimed.