Iran warns Trump it might withdraw from
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[April 24, 2018]
By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
LONDON (Reuters) - A senior Iranian
official said on Tuesday that Tehran might quit a treaty designed to
stop the spread of nuclear weapons if U.S. President Donald Trump scraps
the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015.
Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called
"terrible flaws" in the accord by May 12, he will restore U.S. economic
sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact.
The other powers that signed it - Russia, China, Germany, Britain and
France - have all said they want to preserve the agreement that curbed
Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of most international
In a news conference broadcast on state television, the secretary of
Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said the Atomic
Energy Organization of Iran was ready for some "surprising actions" if
the nuclear deal was scrapped.
Answering a question about the possibility of Tehran withdrawing from
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Shamkhani said: "This is one
of three options that we are considering."
The objective of the NPT, which took effect in 1970, is to halt the
spread of nuclear weapons-making capability, guarantee the right of all
members to develop nuclear energy for peaceful ends. The original five
nuclear weapons powers — the United States, Russia, Chian, Britain and
France - would also phase out their arsenals.
Iran has been a non-nuclear-weapon state party to the NPT since 1970.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also warned Trump on Tuesday to stay in
the nuclear deal or face "severe consequences"
"I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to
their commitments...the Iranian government will firmly react," Rouhani
said in a speech.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Muslim
leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, February 15, 2018.
REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo
"If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face
severe consequences," he told a cheering crowd of thousands gathered
in the city of Tabriz. "Iran is prepared for all possible
situations," he added.
Iran has said it will ramp up its nuclear program if the deal
French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, trying to
convince Trump not to tear up the accord.
In a U.N. non-proliferation conference in Geneva, Russia and China
submitted a draft statement expressing "unwavering "support" for the
Iran nuclear accord and said they hoped it would receive broad
The Russian Foreign Ministry's Director General for
Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, Vladimir Yermakov, told the
meeting that the deal, known as the JCPOA, was fragile and any
attempt to amend it would affect the global non-proliferation
(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Kevin Liffey and
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