Iran says it will stay in nuclear deal even if U.S. exits

Agence France-Presse
Iran says it will stay in nuclear deal even if U.S. exits

AFP

'Either what we want from the nuclear deal is guaranteed by the non-American parties, or it is not the case and we will follow our own path,' Rouhani says on the Iran presidency website

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Monday, May 7, that his country would stay in the nuclear deal even if the United States pulls out, on the condition that the other parties remain.

“Either what we want from the nuclear deal is guaranteed by the non-American parties, or it is not the case and we will follow our own path,” Rouhani said on the presidency website, without elaborating.

US President Donald Trump is due to announce on Saturday, May 12, whether the United States will remain in the 2015 deal that lifted international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear program.

The other parties – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – have urged Trump to stay in the deal.

Rouhani said on Sunday that the United States would regret “like never before” pulling out of the deal, but has remained vague on how exactly Iran would respond.

On Monday, Rouhani said Iran had “thought of all the scenarios and have taken appropriate measures.

“The United States will be the principle loser in this affair,” said Rouhani.

Trump has demanded the Europeans find a way to “fix” the existing deal by putting new curbs on Iran’s missile programme and regional interventions, or he will reimpose nuclear-related sanctions at the next deadline for review on May 12. – Rappler.com

 

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