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Iran Spokesman: Possible US Withdrawal from N. Deal to Face Iran’s Harsh Response

8 January 2018 18:22

 

 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned Washington of the consequences of any unilateral retreat from its undertakings based on the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers.

“All options are on the Islamic Republic’s table for any conditions and they will be implemented the same day and quickly proportional to the type of decisions made in the US,” Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.

He stressed the need for Washington to remain committed to its undertakings based on the internationally-accepted nuclear deal, saying, “Certainly, the United States’ possible withdrawal or any irrational behavior towards it (the deal) will meet Iran’s proper and heavy behavior and if they make a blatant mistake in this regard, it will certainly lead to the US administration’s regret.”

US President Donald Trump faces several deadline-driven decisions this week that will determine whether the US remains within the Iran nuclear deal. But a flurry of action on Capitol Hill may put the president off of any dramatic actions, for now.

Beginning on Friday, Trump must sign, or not sign, a series of waivers on the implementation of nuclear sanctions lifted by the US under the nuclear accord. Failure to sign those waivers – renewed every 120 days – would automatically reimpose sanctions on Iran and those conducting business with it overseas, effectively withdrawing Washington from the deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned in September that his country may quit the 2015 nuclear deal with the Group 5+1 Group (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) if the US leaves the agreement.

“If Washington decides to pull out of the deal, Iran has the option of withdrawal and other options,” Zarif said.

The Iranian foreign minister, however, said that if the US stays committed to the nuclear agreement, they will have a better position.

Zarif reiterated that in addition to abandoning the deal, Iran has numerous other options to undertake if US quit the deal.

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