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Any violation of Iran deal entails grave consequences: President Rouhani

24 April 2018 13:54

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has once again warned the United States against violating the 2015 nuclear deal, saying any failure to respect the multinational agreement would entail “grave consequences.”

“Today, we are standing by our commitments stronger than ever before. However, anyone seeking to betray their commitments to us should know that the grave consequences of such a move will affect themselves,” he said.

The US under President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the historical agreement, which was struck between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, including Washington itself.

The deal removed nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran, which, in turn, changed some aspects of its nuclear energy program. All other signatories have warned the US against quitting the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Trump has said unless the European parties “fix the terrible flaws” of the accord by May 12, Washington would withdraw from the deal. Iran has ruled out any renegotiation.

The president further said, “Those sitting in the White House should know that whether or not they stand by their commitment, civilization and humanity, the great Iranian nation and the government on its behalf will stand decisively against all their conspiracies and plots.”

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani waves to the crowd at Tabriz’s Takhti Stadium, April 24, 2018 (Photo by president.ir)

The Iranian people and government are fully prepared to confront potential enemy plots, the Iranian chief executive asserted.

“No one can frustrate this great nation and steal from it the hope for future,” Rouhani emphasized.

Amid Trump’s threats, other parties have stepped up diplomatic efforts to save the deal.

Zarif: Iran may speed up nuclear program if US kills deal

Foreign Minister Zarif says Iran may resume the nuclear activities it halted under the 2015 nuclear deal “at a much greater speed” if the US withdraws from the accord.

French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, trying to convince Trump not to pull out of the accord. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also visit the White House later this week to discuss the issue.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal.

From New York, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also warned that the country has a number of options ready at hand for responding to a possible US withdrawal, including the resumption of the activities it halted under the multilateral accord “at a much greater speed.”

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