Rouhani says Iran could restart nuke programme in hours, talks with Putin

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Iranian lawmakers attend session of presenting the new government in Tehran, Iran, August 15, 2017.

Tehran, Moscow discuss joint projects in the oil and gas, electricity and transport sectors


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Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani reportedly warned the US on August 15 that Tehran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if Washington imposes any more new sanctions.

“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 a televised speech to Iran’s parliament on August 15, kicking off a vote-of-confidence session for nominated ministers of his second-term cabinet, Reuters reported.

In early August, US President Donald Trump signed into law new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea passed by the US Congress. The sanctions in that bill also target Iran’s missile programmes as well as human rights abuses.

“The world has clearly seen that under Trump, America has ignored international agreements and, in addition to undermining the (nuclear deal), has broken its word on the Paris agreement and the Cuba accord…and that the United States is not a good partner or a reliable negotiator,” Rouhani said, who helped reach the 2015 nuclear agreement with the US, the European Union and other partners.

Trump said last week he did not believe that Iran was living up to the spirit of the nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, Rouhani reportedly discussed energy projects and the situation in Syria during a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said in a statement on August 14, cited by Reuters.

The Kremlin said the conversation was about joint projects in the oil and gas, electricity and transport sectors, while some issues on the international agenda were also discussed.

 

 

 

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