Iran’s warn­ing over nuke deal

Ottawa Sun - - CLASSIFIED - — The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said that his ad­min­is­tra­tion and coun­try will show a “uni­fied” re­sponse to a breach of the 2015 land­mark nu­clear deal with world pow­ers.

“The world should know that any breach of the deal will face a uni­fied re­ac­tion of the Ira­nian na­tion and gov­ern­ment.”

The Satur­day re­marks by the Ira­nian pres­i­dent came dur­ing the swear­ing in cer­e­mony for his sec­ond term as pres­i­dent.

Iran’s state TV re­ported that more than 130 high­rank­ing of­fi­cials from var­i­ous coun­tries and international or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tended the cer­e­mony in Tehran. Among them was EU’s for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini, who co-or­di­nates fol­low-up of Iran’s nu­clear deal.

It was the first time in Iran’s his­tory that a large num­ber of for­eign of­fi­cials at­tended the pres­i­dent’s in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony.

“Those who in­tend to tear down the deal, should know that they are tear­ing down their po­lit­i­cal life,” said Rouhani, with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has re­peat­edly de­scribed the nu­clear deal as “bad” and dur­ing his cam­paign vowed to dis­man­tle it.

Trump signed a bill Wed­nes­day that im­poses manda­tory penal­ties on those in­volved in Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram and any­one who does busi­ness with them.

It would also ap­ply ter­ror­ism sanc­tions to Iran’s pres­ti­gious Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard and en­force an arms em­bargo. Iran has vowed to re­spond if the bill be­comes law.

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