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US to regret any nuclear deal violation: Iran’s Rouhani

  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has once again reiterated the Islamic Republic’s full compliance with the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, stressing the United States would undoubtedly regret any violation of the deal.

(Muslim Times) – The Iranian president made the remarks in New Delhi on Saturday while addressing a meeting with researchers and intellectuals of the Indian-based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) about the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy priorities.

He said Iran would remain committed to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as long as other sides took no action to violate it.

“If the US violates this pact, we will see that it will regret it. Don’t doubt it,” Rouhani said, adding that even the American people would soon express their strong protest against any JCPOA breach.

Speaking during a meeting with a group of ambassadors and heads of foreign organizations in Tehran, Rouhani added that the world would see that Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal would be the “US’ biggest folly in its political relations with the world and particularly with our region.”He expressed hope the region and the world would never witness a day that the JCPOA is violated.

The Iranian president said seven countries have agreed on the deal while the United Nations Security Council has endorsed it.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

US President Donald 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,” a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up.

The American head of state has repeatedly claimed that Iran’s missile program is in violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, which endorses the JCPOA.

Trump has also complained that the JCPOA-related restrictions have an expiration date and that underscores the need to toughen the “embarrassing” deal.

Rouhani said on February 10 the US would make a “big strategic mistake” if it decides to pull out of the agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

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