Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Iran could backtrack on the 2015 Nuclear Agreement within hours if the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Tehran. Rouhani slammed the U.S. as a ‘unreliable negotiator’.
“If America wants to go back to the experience [of imposing sanctions], Iran would certainly return in a short time – not a week or a month but within hours – to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,” Rouhani said, addressing the parliament.
Relations between Washington and Tehran deteriorated after Trump’s inauguration in January. Trump repeatedly criticized Obama’s Iran Deal as ‘bad’ and called it a worst agreement in history. In July, tensions increased after Congress slapped new sanctions against Iran, which Tehran considers a breach of the agreement.
“The world has clearly seen that under Trump, America has ignored international agreements and, in addition to undermining the [nuclear deal], has broken its word on the Paris agreement and the Cuba accord… and that the United States is not a good partner or a reliable negotiator,” Rouhani said.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to put a stop on parts of its nuclear program in exchange for Western countries lifting the economic sanctions.
“Iran would not be the first to pull out of the nuclear deal, but it will not remain silent about the US repeated violations of the accord. Those who want to tear up the nuclear deal should know that they will be ripping up their own political life,” the Iranian President warned earlier.
Trump’s fierce anti-Iranian rhetoric caused concern about the future of the agreement, even though the current U.S. administration did not offer any alternative.
Iran remains a key ally of al-Assad’s regime in Syria, with Iranian backed Shiite militias playing a vital role in the fight against ISIS in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
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