IRAN (OBSERVATORY) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has questioned the legality of US and Western allies’ efforts to modify a nuclear deal with his country, saying they have “no right” to discuss a change in the seven-party agreement, He said he was not qualified to comment on international agreements.
“You do not have any political background … You have no legal background, you have no background on international agreements,” Rouhani told Trump.
Trump said the United States would re-impose sanctions on Iran on May 12 unless Congress and the six major European countries “fix the disastrous flaws” in the deal.
The United States and France announced on Tuesday they were considering a “new agreement” that would expand and extend the terms of the 2015 agreement.
It is reported that US and European officials have made progress on two of Trump’s demands: Iran’s immediate access to all the sites they want to visit, as well as Tehran’s development of ballistic missiles and tests.
The most problematic of Trump’s demands is his call for the removal of time limits, or so-called “sunset clauses,” with respect to Iran’s sensitive nuclear activities and leaving them without a time frame.
“The Americans and one of the leaders of Europe say they want to make a decision on the agreement with six major countries,” Rouhani said in a televised speech in the Iranian city of Tabriz.
Why? What right?
Rowhani said Iran had “shown good faith to the world” when it signed the agreement, and wanted to prove it had not “nine to possess weapons of mass destruction.”
On Tuesday, Rohani warned that there would be “serious consequences” if the United States reinstated sanctions.
The Iranian president gave no further details, but Iranian officials said uranium enrichment activities could resume within days, as well as Tehran’s withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).