Zarif vows 'proper response' if Trump cancels deal

Iranian Foreign Minister says his country will respond accordingly if Trump does not certify its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Elad Benari ,

Mohammad Javad Zarif
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday vowed a “proper response” should U.S. President Donald Trump not certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the memory of the late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Zarif also said, according to the Tehran Times, that Iran will follow its policies on the Middle East region regardless of rhetoric by other countries’ officials.

“The truth is that it has been a long time that our region has been suffering from the wrong U.S. policies. Iran is a center of stability…and will follow its policies within this framework,” he stressed.

“Realities in the region are becoming clear for the other countries gradually,” claimed Zarif.

His comments come amid reports indicating that Trump plans not to recertify Iranian compliance with the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

The president must inform Congress whether Iran is complying with the deal by October 15.

Democrats, and even some senior Trump administration officials, backed recertification and the continuation of the deal.

Some 180 congressional Democrats signed a letter to the president urging him to recertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal ahead of the October 15 deadline.

Similarly, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis opined last week that it would be in America's national security interest to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.

Zarif has several times fired back at Trump over his criticism of the deal. Two weeks ago, he warned that Iran may abandon the nuclear deal if the United States decides to withdraw from it.

The Iranian foreign minister had also sharply criticized Trump following his UN speech in which he blasted the nuclear deal, calling his remarks “shameless and ignorant”.

Zarif also said Trump’s remarks showed his lack of knowledge about Tehran’s fight against terrorism.