The US President told the UN energy watchdog that his country would not stay in the nuclear accord if it thought it wasn’t being monitored properly.

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US President Donald Trump on Monday told the International Atomic Energy Agency that his administration would pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran if it believed it was not being monitored strongly enough.

In a message read out by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Vienna, Trump stressed the US would “not accept a weakly enforced or inadequately monitored deal.”

Earlier on Monday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned that his country would respond to any violation of the deal. “Withdrawing from (the deal) would mean trampling on a clear political obligation,” he said.

Iranian President Rouhani

Iranian President Rouhani Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Rouhani added that the Iranian people “have always kept their word throughout history” and will continue to comply with the terms of the agreement as long as the other side does the same.

“We will never initiate a violation of the international agreement, but if the other side wishes to assault the rights of the Iranian people, Iran will certainly give the due response,” he said.