Iran's Rouhani says USA 'will regret it' if it violates nuclear deal

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In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark "National Nuclear Day", in Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 9, 2018.

The Iranian Regime is threatening to restart its illicit nuclear programme within days as USA and European leaders rush to fix flaws in the controversial 2015 Iranian nuclear deal ahead of Donald Trump's May deadline, when he has threatened to pull out of the deal altogether.

Rouhani, for his part, warned the USA against the possible consequences of such a move, saying Tehran's response to such a scenario would be "stronger than can be imagined".

In 2015, Iran and a group of world powers agreed to substantially curb Tehran's nuclear development in return for lifting economic sanctions.

Since his election in late 2016, however, Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the deal over the objections of European Union member states.

"The new U.S. President. has been trying for 15 months to break the JCPOA. but the structure of the JCPOA is so strong that it has not been shaken by such quakes", he said.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to rip up the Iran nuclear agreement, a deal signed under predecessor Barack Obama.




In January, Trump announced he is waiving the United States sanctions against Iran for the "last time".

"Maybe in name sanctions have been lifted, but in practice countries that can work with us still see Iran as high risk and transferring money is still a big problem", said Reza, who runs a foreign-exchange business in Tehran and did not want to give his family name because of sensitivities of speaking with foreign media in Iran.

According to Reuters, Rouhani also said on Monday that Iran's missile capabilities were purely defensive.

"We will produce any weapons necessary to defend our country in such a volatile region".

"Even if one day (the US) can harm the JCPOA, we will be the victor in the public opinion of the world as the nation that stuck by its commitments", Mr Rouhani said.

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. A dollar was worth 36,000 rials in mid-September.

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