Iran threat­ens to quit nu­clear deal 'within hours' if new US sanc­tions en­forced

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(JNS.org) Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said Tues­day that the Is­lamic Repub­lic could aban­don its 2015 nu­clear agree­ment with world pow­ers “within hours” if the U.S. fol­lows through with im­pos­ing new sanc­tions on Iran.

“If Amer­ica wants to go back to the ex­pe­ri­ence [of im­pos­ing sanc­tions], Iran would cer­tainly re­turn in a short time, not a week or a month but within hours, to con­di­tions more ad­vanced than be­fore the start of ne­go­ti­a­tions,” Rouhani said in an ad­dress that was broad­cast from the Ira­nian par­lia­ment.

He added, “Iran has re­mained and will re­main com­mit­ted to the deal, though any breach of prom­ise by other par­ties will re­ceive ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponses.”

In June, the U.S. Se­nate over­whelm­ingly passed the Coun­ter­ing Iran’s Desta­bi­liz­ing Ac­tiv­i­ties Act, which tar­gets Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­grams and ap­plies sanc­tions against the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps for its ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties. In early Au­gust, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed the sanc­tions bill into law.

The new U.S. sanc­tions came amid Iran’s re­ported fu­el­ing of the re­cent Tem­ple Mount cri­sis and its agree­ment to bol­ster re­la­tions with the Ha­mas ter­ror group.

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