Iran's Rouhani declares 'victory' over Trump on nuclear deal

Randolph Lopez
January 16, 2018

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach", he said in a statement Friday, "I will withdraw from the deal immediately". The new measures concern human rights abuses and censorship in Iran and the arming of groups throughout the region. It specifically mentioned its refusal to agree to linking its nuclear commitments, which even the Trump administration acknowledges Iran is technically adhering to, with other issues like ballistic-missile tests.

Ali Shamkhani's assessment came hot on the heels of the pronouncement by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow would not support Washington's efforts to modify the pioneering deal, agreed under the stewardship of Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

On Thursday, European foreign ministers met in Brussels with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemingly to press Tehran about its destabilising activities in the Middle East. If he tries to change the deal, he is going to break it. I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United States in fixing significant flaws in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people.

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He also wants Congress to modify US law to link missile tests and nuclear weapons programs, as well as impose trigger points that would automatically snap sanctions back into place.

Trump said he is open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding Iran.

On Friday, Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the worldwide deal but said it would be the last time unless conditions were met to fix what he called "significant flaws" in the deal.

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Last October, Trump declined to certify Iran's compliance with the deal, accusing the Islamic Republic of committing "multiple violations of the agreement", but stopped short of calling on Congress to re-impose sanctions.

Speaking earlier today, Mr Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's National Security Council, said Mr Trump's threats to withdraw from the nuclear deal were fanning "Iranophobia" and meant to deprive Tehran of the agreement's economic benefits.

Trump alleged that Iranian regime is the world's leading state sponsor of terror and enables Hezbollah, Hamas, and many other terrorists to sow chaos and kill innocent people.

An Iranian judiciary official has denied the allegations suggesting that the law enforcement and military forces have killed protesters during the recent unrests in the country.

The Saturday report said Telegram, which has some 40 million users in Iran, is accessible once again through both Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

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