There will be no new deal, pledges Tehran

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IRAN will not rene­go­ti­ate its nu­clear agree­ment with world pow­ers, even if it faces new US sanc­tions af­ter Don­ald Trump be­comes pres­i­dent, deputy for­eign min­is­ter Ab­bas Araqchi said yes­ter­day.

Trump, who will take of­fice on Fri­day, has threat­ened to ei­ther scrap the agree­ment, which curbs Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme and lifts sanc­tions against it, or seek a bet­ter deal.

No rene­go­ti­a­tion

“There will be no rene­go­ti­a­tion and the (agree­ment) will not be re­opened,” said Araqchi, Iran’s top nu­clear ne­go­tia­tor at the talks that led to the agree­ment in 2015. We and many an­a­lysts be­lieve that the (agree­ment) is con­sol­i­dated.

“The new US ad­min­is­tra­tion will not be able to aban­don it,” Araqchi told a news con­fer­ence in Tehran, held a year af­ter the deal took ef­fect. “Nu­clear talks with Amer­ica are over and we have noth­ing else to dis­cuss,” he added.

“It’s quite likely that the US Congress or the next ad­min­is­tra­tion will act against Iran and im­pose new sanc­tions.”

Un­der Iran’s agree­ment with the US, France, Ger­many, Bri­tain, Rus­sia and China, most UN sanc­tions were lifted a year ago. But Iran is still sub­ject to a UN arms em­bargo and other re­stric­tions, which are not tech­ni­cally part of the nu­clear agree­ment.

Mean­while, the deal be­tween Iran and key world pow­ers to curb Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gramme is work­ing and Trump would be wise to pre­serve it, out­go­ing US am­bas­sador to the UN, Sa­man­tha Power, said on Fri­day.

Trump, who will take of­fice on Fri­day, has threat­ened to ei­ther scrap the nu­clear agree­ment or seek a bet­ter deal.

“We who see the threat that Iran poses, through its desta­bil­is­ing ac­tions in the re­gion and through its sup­port for ter­ror­ism, would be very wise to pre­serve an agree­ment that de­nies it a weapon of mass de­struc­tion,” Power said.

‘It’s quite likely that the US Congress or the next ad­min­is­tra­tion will act against Iran’.

PHOTO: REUTERS

US Am­bas­sador to the UN, Sa­man­tha Power.

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