Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif warned against a US withdrawal from the nuclear treaty during an interview with the AP on Tuesday. According to Zarif, Iran would likely counter the American withdrawal with a similar move.


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Ahead of the May 12 deadline for changes in the nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif threatened that his country would pull out of the nuclear deal in response to an American withdrawal. “If the United States were to withdraw from the nuclear deal, the immediate consequence in all likelihood would be that Iran would reciprocate and withdraw,” he said just a few hours after US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, met in Washington on Tuesday. “There won’t be any deal for Iran to stay in.”

During a special interview with the AP from his apartment in New York, Zarif stated that the US became an unreliable partner that can’t be trusted in any other international agreement, highlighting Trump’s decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement or the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Despite Iran’s previous insistence that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, Zarif suggested that there are reasons for the world, and Israel, to be concerned about Iran’s withdrawal from the agreement, hinting that Iran’s nuclear ambitions would be left unrestricted. “It would be a completely different situation, from the perspective of those who made a lot of noise about Iran’s nuclear program to begin with,” said Zarif.

Trump has expressed in the past his displeasure about the current nuclear agreement set by the Obama administration and threatened to withdraw from the treaty by May 12 unless significant changes are made to the agreement.