In a strongly-worded speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeated Iran’s longstanding criticism of Washington’s decision to exit the nuclear arms deal, which he called a “stupid mistake”. He said: “If America wants to return to the deal, it should lift all the sanctions on Tehran and compensate for the reimposition of sanctions.”
“Iran will give a crushing response if the arms embargo on Tehran is extended.”
His warning comes after the US said it was “hopeful” the UN Security Council would extend the arms embargo on Iran before it expires in October.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been taking a harder line with the United Nations over its desire to extend and strengthen the embargo on Iran.
Washington has threatened to trigger a return of all UN sanctions against Iran as leverage to get backing from the 15-member Security Council on extending the UN arms embargo on Tehran.
Iran has gradually rolled back its commitments under the accord in response to the US decision to quit, but says it wants the agreement to remain in place.
It has criticised European parties to the deal for failing to salvage the pact by shielding its economy from US sanctions.
He added: “Iran’s nuclear steps are reversible if other parties to the deal fulfil their obligations and preserve Tehran’s interests under the pact.”
Published at Wed, 06 May 2020 12:22:00 +0000