Iran Nuclear Deal Cannot Be Renegotiated: Hassan Rouhani

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

"I explicitly announced at the United Nations that the JCPOA is a very important agreement, and we are determined to continue [implementing] it", May said during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in NY on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly session, according to the official website of the Iranian president.

Rouhani continued by defending his country's participation in the nuclear agreement and offered a threat directed towards the USA, saying that Iran "will respond decisively and resolutely to its violation by any party".

"By violating its worldwide commitments, the new US Administration only destroys its own credibility and undermines global confidence in negotiating with it, or accepting its word or promise".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke during the 2017 gathering of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, attacking the speeches delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump.

As recently as Tuesday, administration officials were preparing options for Trump to consider before next month's deadline.

"I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the first country to violate the agreement".

But when asked whether the US would remain in the deal, Trump replied only that, "I'll let you know, I'll let you know for sure".

"One can nearly set the countdown clock to Iran resuming its nuclear activities", Tillerson said.

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"We wish to have nuclear energy for peaceful uses just as today, in Arak, there is collaboration between the US, China and Iran for the completion of the power plant in Arak", Rouhani said of the industrial city where his country has been modifying a reactor based on the nuclear deal.

The President's speech - in which he also threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea - has been criticised by commentators and a number of member states.

Donald Trump refused to tell Theresa May whether he intends to stick to a nuclear deal with Iran - despite her asking him outright, the USA secretary of state has said.

Trump is due to report to the US Congress by 15 October on whether he can certify that Iran is upholding its side of the accord, under which it accepted limits on its nuclear program.

"It is evident that President Trump has no strategy for dealing with Iran".

Haley earlier on Wednesday told ABC's "Good Morning America" that Trump firmly believes Iran was violating the accord by carrying out ballistic missile testing and providing support to terrorists.

"We have a lot of issues with Iran, they're...a yard long, the nuclear issue is only one foot of that yard", he said. The punishment for Iranian cheating - like operating prohibited technology used to produce nuclear material - is the reimposition of sanctions.

Washington's anger is also rooted in its failure to advance its agenda in the West Asia region, where Iran has played an influential, dignified and successful role, he said.

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