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Rouhani: US to face historic regret if nuclear deal ends

6 May 2018, 5:33:00

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that the United States will face "historic regret" if it pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers.

In an address on state TV on Sunday, Rouhani said that Iran has plans in place to confront any decision by US President Donald Trump, who said he would withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

"Necessary directives have been given to related organisations and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran [to proceed in case of withdrawal]," the president said.

"If America leaves the nuclear accord, this will entail historic regret for it," Rouhani added.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the deal. In January, he announced he is waiving the US sanctions against Iran for the "last time".

He said, if his demands are not met within 120 days, the US will withdraw from the deal.

The deadline is on May 12, although he hinted that the US could cut loose before that date if he sees no progress in negotiations.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Thursday that his country will not be bullied into renegotiating the multilateral deal that was years in the making.

"Iran stands firm in the face of futile attempts at bullying," Zarif said in a recorded message.

"If the US continues to violate the agreement, or if it withdraws altogether, we will exercise our right to respond in a manner of our choosing," he said referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the agreement.



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