Iran says can quit nu­clear deal if US keeps adding sanc­tions

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Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani warned on Tues­day that Iran could aban­don its 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers within hours if the United States keeps on im­pos­ing new sanc­tions.In a speech to par­lia­ment, he also hit out at US coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump say­ing that he had shown the world that Washington was “not a good part­ner”. Rouhani’s com­ments come with the nu­clear deal un­der mount­ing pres­sure af­ter Tehran car­ried out mis­sile tests and strikes, and Washington im­posed new sanc­tions -- with each ac­cus­ing the other of vi­o­lat­ing the spirit of the agree­ment. Rouhani warned that Iran was ready to walk out of the 2015 deal, which saw the lift­ing of most in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions in re­turn for curbs on its nu­clear pro­gramme if Washington per­sisted. “Those who try to re­turn to the lan­guage of

threats and sanc­tions are pris­on­ers of their past delu­sions,” he said in the tele­vised ad­dress. “If they want to go back to that ex­pe­ri­ence, def­i­nitely in a short time ─ not weeks or months, but in the scale of hours and days ─ we will re­turn to our pre­vi­ous sit­u­a­tion very much more stronger.” He said Iran did pre­fer to stick with the nu­clear deal, which he called “a model of vic­tory for peace and diplo­macy over war and uni­lat­er­al­ism” but that this was not the “only op­tion”. Rouhani said Trump had shown he was an un­re­li­able part­ner not just for Iran but for US al­lies. “In re­cent months, the world has wit­nessed that the US, in ad­di­tion to its con­stant and repet­i­tive break­ing of its prom­ises in the JCPOA (nu­clear deal), has ig­nored sev­eral other global agree­ments and shown its al­lies that the US is nei­ther a good part­ner nor a

re­li­able ne­go­ti­at­ing party,” he said. He high­lighted Trump’s de­ci­sions to with­draw from the Paris cli­mate agree­ment and in­ter­na­tional trade deals. Iran’s par­lia­ment on Sun­day ap­proved more than half a bil­lion dol­lars in fund­ing for the coun­try’s mis­sile pro­gramme and for­eign op­er­a­tions of the elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards in re­sponse to the new US sanc­tions. ‘Wanted to nom­i­nate women’ Rouhani was ad­dress­ing law­mak­ers as de­lib­er­a­tions start over his new min­is­te­rial line-up, which must be ap­proved by law­mak­ers in the com­ing days. The pres­i­dent, who started his sec­ond term a fort­night ago, has faced crit­i­cism from re­formists over his el­derly and all-male cabi­net. “I wanted to nom­i­nate three women min­is­ters but it did not hap­pen,” he said, with­out ex­plain­ing why. “All min­is­ters must use wom- en in high-rank­ing po­si­tions... and es­pe­cially fe­male ad­vis­ers and deputies,” he added. Rouhani, a 68-year-old mod­er­ate cleric, won a re­sound­ing re-elec­tion vic­tory in May in large part due to the back­ing of re­formists who sup­ported his mes­sage of greater civil lib­er­ties and equal­ity. Many felt let down by the lack of women min­is­ters, say­ing he had bowed to pres­sure from the con­ser­va­tive re­li­gious es­tab­lish­ment, although he did ap­point two fe­male vice pres­i­dents and a se­nior aide ─ po­si­tions which do not re­quire par­lia­men­tary ap­proval.He de­fended his cabi­net se­lec­tions on Tues­day, and pointed to his choice for a new tele­coms min­is­ter, 35-year-old Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahromi, as “our first ex­pe­ri­ence in choos­ing from the youth, some­one who has grown up af­ter the revo­lu­tion”.

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