Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rouhani Stresses Iran's Different Options on Possible US Withdrawal from JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that his government is fully prepared for any scenario by the US concerning the 2015 nuclear deal, and warned of Iran's firm response to Washington's violations of the nuclear deal.

"Washington’s possible withdrawal from the pact would immediately be met with a proper response," President Rouhani said on Saturday.

He pointed to US President Donald Trump’s threats to scrap the nuclear agreement, and said that Iran has planned all the necessary measures to be taken in response to any decision by Washington on the deal, also knows as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"For months, we have been thinking about it, have made plans for all scenarios and face no problem in that regard,” the Iranian president underlined.

President Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as “the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into” and threatened to tear it up.

In January, he decided to stick with the JCPOA, but gave the European signatories a May 12 deadline to “fix the terrible flaws” of the accord or he would withdraw Washington from the deal.

Other parties to the agreement, namely Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France, have all criticized Trump’s hostile views, saying the deal is sound and has proven to be functioning.

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