Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

U.S. 'will regret' any violation of nuclear accord: Rouhani

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Lillian Steele | 10 April, 2018, 19:59

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a live broadcast Monday that if President Donald Trump follows through with his promise to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, the United States "will surely regret it".

According to Reuters, Iran promises to ramp up its nuclear program if the deal collapses, though many feel as though the deal has done little to diminish Iran's nuclear efforts anyway.

This statement has backed up the claims that the Trump administration and the Iranian Resistance have been making for months: that Iran never fully disclosed the extent of its nuclear work and that they had never really given the programme up.

At the same time, Rouhani said his country remains committed to the nuclear deal it signed with world powers, and will not be the first to violate the pact.

Another one of those flaws is insufficient inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as cited by Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, who noted that Iran operates many secret sites which may be used for nuclear research.

The rial stood at around 40,000 to the dollar in October, when Trump said he would no longer certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, and has been falling steadily since.

He also described establishment of trilateral cooperation between Iran and Russian Federation with other countries of the region valuable and said, "Close relations and cooperation between Iran and Russian Federation has been very effective for Syria and peace and security in the region and this cooperation must continue until full security in the region and Syria is achieved". He threatened if the text of the nuclear deal is not revised he would unilaterally withdraw the USA from it. Trump has effectively set that as a deadline for European powers to "fix the awful flaws" of the deal.

President Rouhani referred to his 12 meetings with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in recent years, and added, "Anytime we met, we have moved one step forward in deepening ties and cooperation".

On Monday, Iran unveiled "84 achievements" in the field of nuclear technology including "a nuclear battery and centrifuges for the oil industry, nuclear fission, nuclear medicine and power plants". His threats reveal what many deal skeptics have long argued: "unless the JCPOA is fixed, Iran has pathways to dozens of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking USA forces, United States allies, and eventually the U.S. homeland".

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