Iranian President says US will face historic regret if Trump withdraws from nuclear agreement

In a speech on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran has plans in place to confront any decision by US President Donald Trump and warned against a US withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
Rouhani Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned against a US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. If the US walks away from the nuclear deal, America will regret it "like never before,” Rouhani said in a televised speech in northwestern Iran.

Rouhani stated that Iran has plans in place to confront any decision by US President Donald Trump and that Washington will face a “historic regret” if it pulls out of the nuclear deal.

The Iranian President did not specify how exactly Iran would react if the US pulls out of the deal but he said he had given "the necessary orders" to Iran's Atomic Energy Organization in anticipation of Trump's decision.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif previously stated that Iran will not be persuaded into renegotiating the deal. "Iran stands firm in the face of futile attempts at bullying," Zarif said in a video message posted on YouTube on Tuesday. “We will neither outsource our security nor will we renegotiate or add on to a deal we have already implemented in good faith."

“If the US continues to violate the agreement, or if it withdraws altogether, we will exercise our right to respond in a manner of our choosing,” Zarif added.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Trump on Thursday to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, claiming that leaving it will lead to “dangerous times.” Withdrawing from the deal risks a real possibility of war if the agreement is not maintained, Guterres said in Tuesday’s interview with the BBC.

The Iran nuclear deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed in 2015 by Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US, then led by Barack Obama.

Trump, who previously expressed his displeasure with the nuclear agreement, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull out of the agreement. Trump has repeatedly warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement unless the current terms are “fixed.”



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