Iran vows response to U.S. pullout of nuclear deal

Katrina Barker
April 10, 2018

[The nuclear deal, aka the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA] merely hit the pause button temporarily on those aspects of Iran's nuclear program that it had already perfected - and, as [Salehi's] threats underscore, could be easily restarted-while leaving Tehran with the time and space to develop technologies that it hadn't perfected such as advanced centrifuges and missiles.

The comments are meant serve "as a warning" to the United States and other global powers, which Iran has accused of violating the accord by not implementing a series of economic concessions that would give Iran access billions in cash resources and business deals.

The Trump administration is nearing a critical decision on its participation in Iran's nuclear deal, and political feuding at home raises pressure on Rouhani to deliver a stronger economy for ordinary Iranians.

Rouhani, for his part, warned the US against the possible consequences of such a move, saying Tehran's response to such a scenario would be "stronger than can be imagined". However, "our response will be stronger than what they imagine, and they will receive it (the response) within a week", he said.

U.S. sanctions lifted under Iran's nuclear deal with world powers in 2015 will resume unless U.S. President Donald Trump waives them again on May 12. Iran insists its efforts have been for research and technology, and that its missiles are purely defensive.

Iran has said that if Washington pulls out of the deal, it will no longer abide by its terms.

Rouhani said Iran has been preparing for every possible scenario, including a JCPOA without the United States - which would still include European signatories, China and Russian Federation - or no deal at all.

The attack comes just a day after the U.S., the European Union, as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey, had accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

The rial fell to a record low of 57,000 against the dollar by late afternoon on the unregulated currency market, according to the semiofficial Iranian Students' News Agency.

On Sunday, Iran's currency fell more than six percent against the United States dollar, hitting another record-low, as the exchange rate spiraled downwards driven by fears of the USA withdrawal. A dollar was 36,000 rials in mid-September.

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