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Senior Iranian official warns US against failing to comply with nuclear deal

17 November 2016 8:16

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A senior Iranian official has warned the US against violating last year’s nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying any failure by Washington to abide by its commitments under the deal will cost it dearly.

“If [US President-elect Donald] Trump scraps the agreement, it will cost US dearly,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said in an interview with IRIB on Tuesday night.

He said the US foreign policy vis-a-vis Iran would not change with the election of a new president, adding that Washington would continue to harbor animosity towards Tehran like before.

It remains to be seen what policies would be pursued by the next US president now that the US administration and Congress are all controlled by the Republicans, Safavi said.

“The Republicans maintained a tradition of [adopting] radical stances against Iran, and have a lobby to get close to the Zionist regime and some of our neighboring countries, therefore, hostility against Iran will continue,” Safavi said.

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