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Iran can quit nuke deal if US keeps adding sanctions: Rouhani

PTI Tehran | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on August 15, 2017

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President Hassan Rouhani warned today that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions.

In a speech to the Parliament, he also hit out at his counterpart American President Donald Trump, saying that he had shown the world that Washington was “not a good partner”.

Rouhani’s comments came after Washington imposed new sanctions as Tehran carried out missile tests and strikes. Both sides accuse the other of violating the spirit of the agreement.

The Iranian President warned that Iran was ready to walk out of the nuclear deal—which saw the lifting of most international sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme—if Washington persisted.

“The failed experience of sanctions and coercion brought their previous administrations to the negotiating table,” Rouhani said in the televised address.

“If they want to go back to that experience, definitely in a short time—not weeks or months, but in the scale of hours and days—we will return to our previous situation very much more stronger,” he said.

Rouhani said Trump had shown he ws an unreliable partner not just for Iran but for US allies.

“In recent months, the world has witnessed that the US, in addition to its constant and repetitive breaking of its promises in the JCPOA (nuclear deal), has ignored several other global agreements and shown its allies that the US is neither a good partner nor a reliable negotiating party,” he said.

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Published on August 15, 2017
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