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November 20, 2018

Iran is ready for reaction against the breakdown of the nuclear deal

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Iran presidentThe Iranian nuclear agency is ready for “expected and unexpected” reactions if the US withdraws from the multinational nuclear deal, as US President Donald Trump threatens to do.

“Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully prepared for actions they expect and actions they do not expect”, said the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, citing a possible Trump decision to leave the deal next month.

Donald Trump called the deal one of the worst deals ever negotiated. In January, he sent an ultimatum to the UK, France and Germany, saying they must agree to specify what Washington sees as deficiencies in the deal, or the US will refuse to extend the deal and impose new sanctions against Iran.

The nuclear agreement with Iran was signed in 2015 by the United States during the reign of former US President Barack Obama as well as Iran, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany. It provides for Tehran to be able to use its nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes, but without developing nuclear weapons. In return, the economic sanctions against Tehran were abolished.

The US Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) Robert Wood said on Thursday that Washington had held “intense” discussions with European allies before the deadline of May 12, when US sanctions against Iran will resume unless Trump decides otherwise.

Iran says it will stick to the deal while the other countries respect it, but it will “ruin” the deal if Washington leaves it.

“Iran has several options if the United States leaves the nuclear deal, and Tehran’s reaction to a US withdrawal will be unpleasant”, threatened Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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