U.S doomed to fail if it scraps nuclear deal – Rouhani warns

Tehran –  President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Wednesday warned that the United States would be the loser if President Donald Trump decides to drop Iran’s international nuclear deal.

“If they recommit their earlier mistakes, they will face global predicament,

“We are not afraid of the U.S. measures,’’ Rouhani said in the weekly cabinet meeting.

According to him, the international community will learn who is unreliable and the liar.

“The number of countries that support Washington’s hostile stance on the nuclear deal could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

“Meanwhile, other parties involved in the endorsement of the deal do not support U.S. bid to exit the deal,’’ Rouhani said.

Rouhani said the signatories that choose to honour their sides of the bargain are in fact protecting their own international reputation.

According to him, if any side fails to stand committed to the deal, it would be tarnishing its own reputation.

The nuclear deal was reached between Iran and the world six powers of Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. plus Germany in July 2015.

The deal, officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has helped defuse the Iran nuclear crisis and bolstered the international non-proliferation regime.

“The JCPOA is a major test for world governments and that remaining committed to it constitutes a basis for confidence-building around the globe.

“If the ill-wishing side, our rival and enemy, leaves an agreement, this is not a defeat for us, but rather a defeat for the opposite side,’’ he stressed.

President Trump is expected to announce shortly an overall Iran strategy, including whether his administration will decertify Iran’s compliance with the landmark Iran nuclear deal reached in 2015.

Trump has long criticized the Iranian nuclear pact.

In his speech delivered at the UN General Assembly in September, Trump called the agreement “an embarrassment” for the U.S.

The Trump administration is due to inform the congress by Sunday whether Tehran is complying with the deal.

Report says if it decides Tehran is not, it could open the way for U.S. lawmakers to re-impose sanctions against Iran.

In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN nuclear watchdog, said that Iran was playing by the rules set out in the nuclear accord. (Xinhua/NAN)

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