On the heels of recent sanctions to its missile programs, Iran has said that if the United States imposes more restrictions, it will abandon 2015 nuclear agreements “within hours,” according to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“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 told a session of parliament broadcast live on state television, Reuters reported. Iran says the new sanctions break the 2015 agreement, when Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear activity in return for lifting some of the sanctions then.
President Donald Trump recently signed off on the new sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Russia; the sanctions target Iran’s missile programs and human rights abuses. The U.S. Treasury imposed the sanctions on six Iranian firms in late July “for their role in the development of a ballistic missile program after Tehran launched a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit,” Reuters said.
Iran has denied these accusations, saying its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.
“The United States imposed unilateral sanctions after saying Iran’s ballistic missile tests violated a [United Nations] resolution, which endorsed the nuclear deal and called upon Tehran not to undertake activities related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such technology,” according to Reuters, adding that the sanctions “stopped short of explicitly barring such activity.”
“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, Reuters reported.