Hassan Rouhani: US cannot undermine Iran nuclear deal

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2018

"We see this as yet another attempt to influence our internal situation, especially ahead of the presidential election", he said.

Congress has so far shown little interest in using legislation to undercut or change the current Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a U.S. exit. The sanctions are an apparent American response to the recent wave of protests across Iran.

China defended the deal, which has been left hanging in the balance since the beginning of Trump's tenure in the White House, after the US leader waived sanctions against Iran on Friday, saying he would give the deal "a last chance" before the US ultimately withdraws at the end of the 120-day extension.

"In what we heard yesterday, I don't see any invitation for Iran to enter dialogue", he said.

New sanctions criticized Many analysts agree.

The new round of U.S. sanctions could possibly include a ban on the purchase of Russian treasury bonds.

Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. According to Federica Mogherini, the "deal is working; it is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance".

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The US withdrawal from the Iran deal "will deliver a very serious blow to the whole system of international agreements and to the enhancing of the nuclear nonproliferation regime", he added.

How else did Iran react?

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned Trump for "maliciously violating" the nuclear agreement.

In return, decades of international and US nuclear-related sanctions were suspended.

He also called on Iran to stay calm and continue to fulfil obligations under the deal. "Europeans have always declared that the nuclear deal is an international achievement, and if it is not respected, the world will not trust us [the West]".

The Trump administration's sanctions also are intended at hindering Iran's ballistic missile program and other alleged "illicit activities". These areas are not encompassed by the deal. To date, European nations have shown little appetite for modifying the accord in any way, although Washington's prospective restoration of pre-2015 sanctions would essentially cut off from the U.S. market any European companies doing business with the Islamic Republic.

The administration, however, said it would impose non-nuclear sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile activity. "The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran", President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech, broadcast live on state TV.

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