Iran: Trump's decision may create 'problems' for us

Iranian president admits Trump's decision regarding restoration of sanctions could create 'problems' for Iran, but vows to overcome them.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 10:07

Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani

President Donald Trump’s upcoming decision regarding the future of American sanctions relief for Iran could present “problems” for the Islamic republic, Iran’s president admitted Tuesday, just hours before Trump is expected to announce his plans for a key component of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Trump is widely expected to end the sanctions relief enjoyed by Iran, after European allies refused the president’s call to negotiate broader restrictions on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The president is slated to act on May 12th, but has announced that he will speak out on his impending decision at a press conference today at 2:00 p.m.

“I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm,” Trump tweeted on Monday.

If the president does indeed end sanctions relief for Iran, it will restore US sanctions on the rogue regime, effectively ending US participation in the Iran deal.

Speaking at an energy expo in Tehran Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani admitted that such a move could create “problems” for Iran when sanctions are restored in the next few months, but vowed that his country would persevere.

"It is possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this,” said Rouhani, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier, Rouhani suggested that the nuclear deal could survive even if the US ended sanctions relief.

“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.”