Iran: Trump Cannot Cause Collapse of Nuclear Deal

Iran said that United States President Donald Trump cannot cause the collapse of its nuclear deal with six major powers, Reuters reports.

“The nuclear deal will not collapse… Those who hope that Trump will cause its collapse, are wrong,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on State TV.

Several weeks ago the American president did not want to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement and his decision triggered a 60-day window for Congress to decide whether to bring back sanctions on Iran.

The Congress passed the ball back to the president and let the deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran pass last week. Now Trump has to decide whether he wants to continue to waive energy sanctions on Iran and that is supposed to happen in mid-January.

The nuclear deal was reached among Iran, the U.S. and other powers. Nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted last year in accordance with the deal and in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

Tehran promised to stick to the deal while the other signatories respect it, but warned that it will shred it if the United States decides to pull out.

Previously, Iran criticized French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance toward Tehran. Iran warned that France could lose its international credibility if it blindly follows Trump.

“To sustain its international credibility, France should not blindly follow the Americans … The French president is now acting as Trump’s lapdog,” Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said.

Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the deal, but has been critical of Iran’s ballistic missile tests and wants to raise the possibility of new sanctions over the program.

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