Iran warns to quit nuclear deal if USA reimposes sanctions

Casey Dawson
October 31, 2017

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, made the comments Sunday amid mounting rhetoric between between Tehran and Washington over the nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump decertified earlier this month, the Times of Israel reported.

"I requested that Iran ... fully implement the nuclear-related commitments".

The accord between its five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), plus Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran, set out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring limits on Iran's nuclear programme, while paving the way for lifting UN sanctions against the country.

The visitor showed interest in playing a more protagonist role in relation to the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action or nuclear pact, especially after the statements by U.S. president, Donald Trump against the deal.

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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, speaks with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano, left, during their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 29, 2017. "We want to continue with the nuclear accord and avoid (the United States) disturbing it", Salehi said.

As for the deal, Iran has accepted nuclear restrictions and another party has committed to the removal of sanctions, he said.

One of the chapters of the nuclear agreement states that Iran cannot enrich uranium to more than 3.67 percent and that surplus material must be delivered to third countries, in any case Russian Federation.

"You object to our weapons, we are going to manufacture and store any kind of weapons we need", Rouhani said. Under the deal, Iran is allowed to enrich uranium to low levels of 3.5 percent, which can be used to power reactors.

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