Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if U.S. walks away

Aaron Brown
May 4, 2018

Iran's foreign minister takes to YouTube to criticize US President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, saying Iran will not "renegotiate or add onto" the atomic accord.

He said the United States had "consistently violated the nuclear deal, particularly by bullying others to preventing businesses to return to Iran".

It obliges Iran to limit its uranium enrichment activities in exchange for the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions by the U.S., European Union and the UN Security Council.

Trump gave Britain, France and Germany a May 12 deadline to fix what he views as the deal's flaws - its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program, the terms by which inspectors visit suspect Iranian sites, and "sunset" clauses under which some of its terms expire - or he will reimpose US sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Tehran "will not accept any restrictions beyond its commitments" to comply with worldwide rules in the years ahead.The secretary general's comments came just days after Israel revealed what it said "secret nuclear files" accusing Iran of having covertly pursued nuclear weapons.

Iran signed the deal with the United States and five other world powers in 2015 curbing its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

President Trump is expected to pull out of the agreement later this month if the European Union does not make necessary changes to the deal.

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In 2015, Tehran signed a deal with the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain agreeing to limit its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

As Iran's all-powerful leader, Khamenei has the final word on all policy matters, foreign and domestic, including on the nuclear deal. But they now want to address " important elements that the deal does not cover", including Iranian ballistic missiles.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to the accord but admitted that it needed strengthening.

"The Iran nuclear agreement is a prerequisite for Iran abstaining from pursuing a nuclear program".

Technically, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to renew "waivers" suspending some of the US sanctions on Iran.

According to him, if one day there is a better agreement to replace it, it is fine, but we should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative.

Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons and accuses its arch-foe Israel of stirring up world suspicions against it.

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