Rouhani: Iran deal could survive without U.S.

Iranian President suggests 2015 nuclear deal could remain in place if its European signatories provide Iran with guarantees.

Ben Ariel,

Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani
Reuters

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested on Monday that the 2015 nuclear deal could remain in place even if U.S. President Trump withdraws from it.

If other participants in the deal provide Iran the guarantees it seeks, Iran will not revive its nuclear development, Rouhani said, according to USA Today.

He also reaffirmed his belief that the United States would suffer "historic remorse" by blowing up the deal.

“If we can get what we want from a deal without America, then Iran will continue to remain committed to the deal," Rouhani said, adding, "What Iran wants is our interests to be guaranteed by non-American signatories. ... Getting rid of America’s mischievous presence will be fine for Iran.”

Trump, who has imposed a May 12 deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran unless the flaws he identified in the existing agreement are fixed, tweeted on Monday that he will announce his decision on whether to leave the deal on Tuesday.

European officials later said Trump is inclined to withdraw from the deal and reimpose sanctions.

Rouhani’s comments mark a shift from previous comments made by him and other Iranian leaders.

For example, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently said that if the United States withdraws from the 2015 nuclear deal, his country will likely do so as well.

Rouhani stressed on Monday that Iran is prepared to resume its nuclear activities with more intensity than before the nuclear agreement if the deal is ditched. All options are open, he said.

“Necessary directives have been given to the Atomic Energy Organization, and I talked to this organization’s senior officials a few days ago,” Rouhani said, according to USA Today.

Rouhani said the economic sector received "the necessary orders" in case sanctions that were removed under the nuclear accord are again slapped on his nation of 80 million people.

"We are not worried about America's cruel decisions. We are prepared for all scenarios, and no change will occur in our lives next week," he stressed.


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