Iran’s pres­i­dent touts nu­clear deal’s ben­e­fits

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - NATION & WORLD -

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s pres­i­dent de­fended the 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers on Satur­day, say­ing not even 10 Don­ald Trumps can roll back its ben­e­fits to his coun­try.

Has­san Rouhani’s com­ments came as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ap­pears to be step­ping back from his cam­paign pledge to rip up the deal, in­stead aim­ing to take other mea­sures against Iran. Iran ac­cepted curbs on its con­tested nu­clear pro­gram as part of the agree­ment. In re­turn, Iran has ben­e­fited from the lift­ing of sanc­tions against Iran’s oil ex­ports among oth­ers.

Ad­dress­ing stu­dents at Tehran Univer­sity, Rouhani says: “We have achieved ben­e­fits that are ir­re­versible. No­body can roll them back, nei­ther Trump, nor 10 other Trumps.”

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