US op­pos­ing ‘whole world’ on nu­clear deal, says Iran

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Tehran, Iran - Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani lashed out at US coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump on Tues­day, say­ing he was op­pos­ing ‘the whole world’ by try­ing to aban­don a land­mark nu­clear agree­ment.

“If the US wants to take a hos­tile po­si­tion re­gard­ing an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment which is ap­proved by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil...they will op­pose not just Iran but the whole world,” Rouhani said at a Cabi­net meet­ing shown on state tele­vi­sion.

“It will be ab­so­lutely clear which is the law­less gov­ern­ment. It will be clear which coun­try is re­spected by the na­tions of the world and global pub­lic opin­ion,” he added.

Trump is due to de­liver a speech as early as Thurs­day out­lin­ing a tougher line on Iran, and is ex­pected to say he will no longer cer­tify the 2015 nu­clear deal as re­quired ev­ery three months.

Other par­ties to the deal - Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, China, Rus­sia and the Euro­pean Union - - have all said Iran has stuck to its com­mit­ments to curb its nu­clear pro­gramme.

The nu­clear deal ‘is a test for all gov­ern­ments’, Rouhani said.

“When­ever we have com­mit­ted our­selves, we have stood by our com­mit­ments to the end. This is an hon­our for us.”

Rouhani also took aim at re­ports that the US may de­clare Iran’s elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

He said Trump was ‘clearly up­set’ over the Guards’ mil­i­tary suc­cesses against the Is­lamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

“OK, if you want to keep Daesh (the Is­lamic State group) in this re­gion for 20 years and use it as a tool, then OK, it is your right to be an­gry with the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards. Be­cause the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards, by their plan­ning, and sup­port for the na­tions of Iraq, Syria and Le­banon have humiliated Daesh,” Rouhani said.


Iran Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani

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