Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal within hours

Aug 17, 2017, 12:37
Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal within hours

"I hope that the U.S. will not violate the obligations it has assumed", Xinhua news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Three days ago, Iran in retaliation to new sanctions imposed by the United States gave approval for a bill to boost spending on Tehran's missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards.

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Rouhani's comments followed a new round of US sanctions that were enacted against Iran a few weeks ago by near unanimous support in both houses of the US Congress, as part of legislation that sanctioned Russian Federation as well for its alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. In response, Western countries agreed to lift sanctions. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision making by lawmakers.

"The deal was a model of the victory of peace and diplomacy over war and unilateralism", said Mr. Rouhani.

Haley is scheduled next week to meet with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to discuss Iran's nuclear activities with IAEA leadership. "It was Iran's preference, but it was not and will not remain Iran's only option", Rouhani said, as cited by AP.

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During the USA presidential election Mr Trump vowed to pull out of the pact, claiming that Iran had violated the agreement. Tehran considers it a violation of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.

Washington has recently approved a series of anti-Iran sanctions, which Iranian officials, including the head of the Iranian task force to monitor the implementation of the deal, say have broken the terms of the JCPOA. Governors from the Central Bank of Iran met last month with representatives from the International Monetary Fund to discuss lingering capital issues and the USA government past year lifted some restrictions. However it could produce the much higher levels needed for a nuclear weapon.

He recommended the United States to be realistic about Iran's "unmatched role in fighting terrorism in the Middle East".

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"I do not think that [Rouhani's warning] has any real foundations for now, because, except for the United States, all the other [JCPOA] participants are completely uninterested in ripping this document up, since it had taken a lot of work, time and efforts to come to joint conclusions", he said.

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