Iran President Hassan Rouhani warns the US would regret it ‘like never before’ if Trump quits nuclear deal
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the US on Sunday that there would be ‘historic remorse’ if they quit a nuclear deal
- President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12
- Trump has demanded his country’s European allies ‘fix the terrible flaws’ or he will re-impose sanctions
- Rouhani said if the US quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers then Washington would regret it ‘like never before’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the United States would regret it ‘like never before’ if they decided to quit a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, demanding his country’s European allies ‘fix the terrible flaws’ or he will re-impose sanctions.
In a televised speech in northwestern Iran on Sunday, reformist Rouhani said if the US quit the deal there would be ‘historic remorse’.
‘If the United States leaves the nuclear agreement, you will soon see that they will regret it like never before in history,’ Rouhani said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Sunday that the United States would regret it ‘like never before’ if they decided to quit a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers
‘Trump must know that our people are united, the Zionist regime (Israel) must know that our people are united.
‘Today all (Iran’s) political factions, whether they be from the right, the left, the conservatives, reformers and moderates are united.’
The nuclear deal was struck in 2015 between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, then led by Barack Obama.
Under the pact, sanctions were eased in return for a commitment not to pursue a nuclear bomb, but Iran says it is not reaping the rewards despite complying with the deal.
Trump has consistently complained about the agreement, citing perceived flaws including ‘sunset’ provisions lifting some nuclear restrictions from 2025.
In an attempt to salvage the deal, French President Emmanuel Macron has recently pushed to extend its scope to address this issue, as well as the absence of any limits on Iran’s conventional missile capabilities and Tehran’s role in the region.
US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12
Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, via the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in Syria’s civil war, and its backing for Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen have added to frictions between Tehran and Western powers.
Rouhani vehemently reiterated his country’s opposition to curtailing its non-nuclear missile capabilities in his speech on Sunday.
He said Tehran ‘will build as many missiles and weapons as needed’ for its defense.
‘We are honouring our commitment, but we are telling the whole world we will not negotiate with anyone about our weapons and our defense,’ he said.
Iran’s president also said that while he is open to discussing the country’s regional role, he would not abandon what he described as its fight ‘against terrorism.’
‘We want to talk to the world so that our region is safe’ but ‘we will not allow you to create a new Daesh’ he said, using an Arabic term for the Islamic State group.
In a televised speech in northwestern Iran on Sunday, reformist Rouhani said if the US quit the deal there would be ‘historic remorse’
While Rouhani did not elaborate on this point, Iran’s ally the Syrian government has consistently referred to all armed opponents as ‘terrorists’ and accused the West of facilitating terrorism.
Iran has always denied it sought a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic programme was for civilian purposes.
Rouhani did not specify how Iran would react if the US pulls out of the 2015 deal.
But he said he had given ‘the necessary orders’, notably to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, in anticipation of Trump’s decision.
As the May 12 US decision point nears, Iranian leaders have shuffled between placatory and hawkish comments, although the hardliners have taken a uncompromising stance.
On Thursday Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Tehran would quit the nuclear deal if the United States withdraws.
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