IRAN (OBSERVATORY) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday his US counterpart Donald Trump would regret if he pulled out of the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, warning him Tehran’s response would be stronger than he imagined.
US sanctions on Iran will be restored after they were eased by the 2015 nuclear deal, unless Trump decides on May 12 to release Iran again. Trump set a deadline for European powers to “fix the glaring flaws” in the deal.
“The new US president, who has been making the allegations and his statements and positions volatile, has been trying to break the nuclear agreement for 15 months … but the basis of the nuclear agreement is so strong that he has not been affected by such a shock,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.
“Iran will not violate the nuclear agreement, but if the United States withdraws from the agreement, it will certainly regret it. Our response will be stronger than they imagine and they will see it within a week.”
Iran has warned that it will accelerate the pace of its nuclear program if the agreement collapsed in order to reach an advanced level than it was before the agreement.
Rowhani made the speech on the occasion of the National Day of Nuclear Technology and revealed what he described as the latest nuclear achievements achieved by Iran, including a nuclear battery and centrifuges for the oil industry.
Rouhani said Iran was preparing for all possible scenarios, including whether the nuclear deal would remain without the United States, with the European signatories, China and Russia or no agreement at all.
France, Britain and Germany are trying to persuade their other EU partners to support new sanctions on Iran as a way to persuade Trump to stay in a nuclear deal that has limited Iran’s nuclear activities in return for easing sanctions.
The sanctions would not include measures that were mitigated under the nuclear deal but would target Iranian individuals believed by the EU to be behind Iran’s ballistic missile program and Iranian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Rohani said on Monday Iran’s missile capabilities were purely defensive.
“We will produce any weapons necessary to defend our country in such a troubled region, but we will not use our weapons against our neighbors,” he said.
The Iranian riyal fell to a fresh low on Monday on persistent fears of a return to severe sanctions if Trump and his return are carried out.
Local media reported that the dollar jumped in one day from 54700 riyals to 58,000 riyals on the open market in Tehran. The dollar had reached 36,000 riyals in mid-September.