Iran's Rouhani says US has failed to undermine nuclear deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the United States had failed to undermine a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers, and hailed the accord as a “long-lasting victory” for Iran, state television reported.
US President Donald Trump on Friday delivered an ultimatum to European signatories of the deal to fix the “terrible flaws” of the agreement with Iran, or the United States would pull out.
“The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal ... Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord ... The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran,” Rouhani said in a speech, broadcast live on state TV.
On Friday, Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact.
Iran says the nuclear deal is not renegotiable and it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it, but will “shred” the deal if Washington pulls out.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program, in exchange for the lifting of most sanctions.
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will extend sanctions relief on Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal for the last time, threatening a US withdrawal from the landmark pact unless US Congress and European allies can fix the alleged "disastrous flaws."
"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said in a statement. "Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: Either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw."