Rouhani says he is willing to discuss limited changes to the nuclear deal once sanctions are lifted

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he was prepared to discuss limited changes, additions or amendments to the Islamic Republic’s six-nation deal in 2015 if the United States lifted sanctions on Tehran.

“I would be prepared to consider limited changes, additions or amendments to the nuclear deal once sanctions are lifted,” Rowhani told the New York media.

US President Donald Trump, who has adopted a policy of “economic pressure” on Iran to get its leadership to renegotiate the deal, said on Tuesday he had no plans to lift sanctions on Iran.

“All countries have a duty to act,” he told the UN General Assembly. Sanctions will not be lifted as long as Iran continues its threatening behavior but will be tightened. ”

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated since Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on Iran lifted under the deal in return for curbing its nuclear program.

In response to the policy of “extreme pressure” pursued by the United States, Iran has gradually reduced its obligations under the agreement and intends to breach more of its provisions if the European parties do not keep their promises to protect the Iranian economy from US sanctions.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week the Islamic Republic could take part in multilateral talks if the United States returned to the deal and lifted sanctions.

The standoff between Tehran and Washington intensified following an attack on two Saudi oil facilities on September 14, pushing oil prices up and raising fears of a new Middle East conflict.

The United States, European countries and Saudi Arabia blame Iran for the attacks, claimed by the Yemen-based Houthi group. Iran denies involvement.

Rouhani said those who doubted that Yemen had a military capability to launch such an attack “don’t say who is the culprit”.

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