Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Iranian President Urges EU to Step Up Efforts in Nuclear Deal Implementation

Iranian President Urges EU to Step Up Efforts in Nuclear Deal Implementation

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program could be restarted within hours if the US administration imposes additional sanctions on Tehran.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted claims by Iran Tuesday that it could walk away from the nuclear deal it agreed to with the Obama administration and other Western nations. "The nuclear deal must not become "too big to fail".

Mr. Rouhani's comments are seen as a direct response to the new USA legislation earlier this month that imposed mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile programme and anyone who does business with them.

According to the state broadcaster IRIB, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions" as some chanted "Death to America".

In early August, US President Donald Trump signed into law new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea passed by the US Congress.

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In a speech to parliament on Tuesday, Iran's president stressed that Iran wanted to abide by its commitments under the nuclear deal, which he called a "model of victory for peace and diplomacy".

Under the agreement, a cap was put on the uranium enrichment levels of Iran and in return global sanctions would be lifted.

Iran has a stock of centrifuges that can create low-level uranium for use as reactor fuel and for medical and research purposes.

In the opinion of observers, the remarks of Rouhani were aimed at his domestic audience who want him to take a tough stand against the United States.

Iran, the European Union, Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russian Federation - finalized the text of the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015. However, it has shot itself in the foot by insisting on this because the United States has been left with no choice now but to address the non-nuclear issues and has imposed numerous economic sanctions. "It is a multilateral agreement within the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions", Ali Pishro, doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, told Trend.

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