Iran to quit n-deal if U.S. walks away

Leroy Wright
May 4, 2018

Zarif, speaking in English in the Youtube video, said the United States had "consistently violated the nuclear deal, particularly by bullying others to prevent businesses to return to Iran".

In a video message on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Tehran would never agree to renegotiate the nuclear deal.

"The Iran nuclear deal is not based on trust about Iran's intentions; rather it is based on tough verification, including measures that allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) unprecedented access to Iran's nuclear program", the British foreign secretary said. "Iran planned at the highest level to continue work related to nuclear weapons under different guises and using the same personnel", CNN reported Netanyahu as saying during an address from the Israel Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv.

Trump has lambasted the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in July 2015 as the "worst deal ever". "Iran lied on the front end".

Iran called the claims a "ridiculous propaganda" stunt, and the latest in the "fruitless efforts of a bankrupt and scandalous liar".

The statement was made days before President Donald Trump's deadline to decide if the US will remain in the agreement.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged Donald Trump not to walk away from an global deal created to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

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"We should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative", he said. "We face unsafe times".

Hamid Baeidinejad, the country's top envoy in London, said Iran would "be ready to go back to the previous situation" if America pulls out of the 2015 pact, as threatened by US President Donald Trump.

"I don't know what the USA president will decide on the 12th of May", Macron told reporters while on a visit to Australia.

Meanwhile, the United Nations atomic watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency rebutted Netanyahu's accusations in a statement on May 1, saying that the 2015 report "stated that the agency had no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009".

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.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who travelled to Saudi Arabia and Israel on Sunday to meet with King Salman and Netanyahu, said that the Israeli intelligence coup had revealed that the nuclear agreement was "built on lies". Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called into question the legitimacy of the United States and Israel making moves to have the deal scrapped after it gained the consensus of five world powers in 2015 in what was widely regarded at the time as a significant diplomatic victory in the worldwide community.

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