Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has agian blasted US President Doald Trump saying the country will not give into his pressures.
Rouhani, in a speech broadcast live on state television, said Trump’s action on the international deal was “appalling and illegal” and had hurt America’s global reputation.
Rouhani said Iran maintained the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
Recall that Trump on May 8, withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, unravelling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, isolating the U. S. from its Western allies and sowing uncertainty before a risky nuclear negotiation with North Korea.
The decision, while long anticipated and widely telegraphed, leaves the 2015 agreement reached by seven countries after more than two years of gruelling negotiations in tatters.
The U.S. reimposed the stringent sanctions it imposed on Iran before the deal and is considering new penalties.
Iran said it will remain in the deal, which tightly restricted its nuclear ambitions for a decade or more
in return for ending the sanctions that had crippled its economy.
So did France, Germany and Britain, raising the prospect of a trans-Atlantic clash as European companies face the return of American sanctions for doing business with Iran.
China and Russia, also signatories to the deal, are likely to join Iran in accusing the U.S. of violating the accord.
Trump’s move could embolden hard-line forces in Iran, raising the threat of Iranian retaliation against Israel or the United States, fueling an arms race in the Middle East and fanning sectarian conflicts from Syria to Yemen.
The president, however, framed his decision as the fulfilment of a bedrock campaign promise and as the act of a dealmaker dissolving a fatally flawed agreement.
He predicted his tough line with Iran would strengthen his hand as he prepared to meet North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to begin negotiating the surrender of his nuclear arsenal.
Trump’s announcement drew a chorus of opposition from European leaders, several of whom lobbied him feverishly not to pull out of the agreement and searched for fixes to it that would satisfy him.
It also drew a rare public rebuke by Obama, who said Trump’s withdrawal would leave the world less safe, confronting it with “a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle