Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran would continue to remain in the nuclear deal with the West even if the United States pulls out, on the condition that the other parties remain in the deal also known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Speaking during his visit to Khorasan province in northeastern Iran on Monday May 7, Rouhani said, "Either what we want from the nuclear deal is guaranteed by the non-American parties, or it is not the case and we will follow our own path," Rouhani said on the presidency website, without elaborating.
Rouhani added only the United States wishes to pull out of the deal and that other players are adamant to go ahead with the JCPOA as parties to the agreement. He said Iran does not pursue a nuclear weapons program as it is against Iranians’ religious beliefs and as religious decrees (fatwas) by top clerics reject the idea of developing nuclear weapons.
He charged that during the past 40 years, the US has always wanted to undermine Iran’s independence, and limit its influence in the region, adding that Iran has addressed concerns about the possible military intentions of its nuclear program.
US President Donald Trump is due to announce on Saturday whether the United States will remain in the 2015 deal that lifted international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran's nuclear program.
The other parties -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- have urged Trump to stay in the deal.
Rouhani said on Sunday that the United States would regret "like never before" pulling out of the deal, but has remained vague on how exactly Iran would respond.
On Monday, Rouhani said Iran had "thought of all the scenarios and have taken appropriate measures.
"The United States will be the principle loser in this affair," said Rouhani.
ump has demanded the Europeans find a way to "fix" the existing deal by putting new curbs on Iran's missile program and regional interventions, or he will re-impose nuclear-related sanctions at the next deadline for review on May 12.
With reporting by AFP and Iran’s Presidency Website