Iran's Rouhani says US has failed to undermine nuclear deal

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

In accordance with a mechanism set up by Congress, the nuclear agreement has to be re-assessed by an American president every 90 days. Tehran categorically denies it is seeking to develop atomic weapons.

He said Iran's restraint on long-range ballistic missile programs also must be linked to sanctions relief.

It is aimed at ensuring Iran uses its nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes while preventing it from gaining nuclear weapons. Unilaterally re-imposing the sanctions would put the United States in violation of an worldwide agreement that was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council in 2015. But his explicit warning to Europe that the deal must be fixed by the time the next sanctions waivers are due in the spring creates a high-stakes diplomatic deadline that will be hard to meet.

So far, Trump has continued to follow Obama's lead in regularly signing sanctions waivers so that USA economic measures against Tehran do not "snap back".

If he does allow the punitive measures to go back into effect, Iran will accuse the United States of breaking the deal, under which Tehran accepted restrictions on its nuclear program.

He urged Iran to remain calm and continue to fulfil its obligations under the deal.

Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in mid-May.

The accord, he added, can be considered "either good or bad, but it is the only one that reflects this consensus", Peskov added at a press conference.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump, in a discussion on the issue of immigration, said 'Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?'

He said he's waiving nuclear sanctions under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action upon advice from his advisers.

"There is no indication today that could call into doubt Iranian respect of the agreement", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Brussels, after a meeting between the Europeans and their Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif. The appeal was made after the Iranian Foreign Minister met with European Union foreign ministers and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Thursday.

Iran has said that if the United States walks away from the agreement, it is ready to give an "appropriate and heavy response".

He paired Friday's concession with other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and ballistic missile development.

"The UK has a clear position on the Iran nuclear deal: we regard it as a crucial agreement that makes the world a safer place by neutralizing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran", the British Foreign Office said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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