Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned the USA against violating the 2015 nuclear deal, stressing any failure to respect the multinational agreement would trigger “grave consequences”, Iranian Press TV reported on April 24.
“If someone wants to betray our nation and the deal, grave consequences will affect them,” Rouhani stated. “Those sitting in the White House should know that whether or not they stand by their commitment, civilization and humanity, the great Iranian nation and the government on its behalf will stand decisively against all their conspiracies and plots.”
Roudani asserted that Iranian people and government had been fully prepared to confront potential enemy senarios.
“No one can frustrate this great nation and steal from it the hope for future,” Rouhani emphasized.
On April 23, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pointed that this US action would just set Iran free of any obligation to stay in the accord:
“If the United States officially withdraws from the JCPOA, the immediate implication would be that it would free Iran of any obligation to remain in the JCPOA.”
Zarif stressed that Iranian government “has always been responsive to public opinion”, while the current US administration “does not serve the interests of international peace and security, and if I may say, neither the interests of the United States.”
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that Tehran might leave the Non-Proliferation Treaty if the US decides to pull out of the nuclear agreement.
“This is one of the three options that we are considering,” Shamkhani told reporters.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) imposed curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief for Tehran. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the deal and threatened to pull out of the JCPOA. He has even called the agreement the “worst deal ever”. Trump gave the European signatories a May 12 deadline to “fix the terrible flaws” of the accord or have him abandon it.
European allies stepped up pressure on Trump to keep alive an international nuclear deal with Iran, with French President Emmanuel Macron due to urge him in person on April 23 meeting not to tear up the agreement, according to Reuters.