TEHRAN (INP): Iran has warned the US it will suffer “historic remorse” if it pulls out of a nuclear agreement with Tehran.
Donald Trump has threatened to abandon the agreement when it comes up for renewal on 12 May and has demanded European allies “fix the flaws” or he will bring back sanctions against Iran.
But in a speech broadcast live on state television, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Washington and world powers would regret such a move “like never before”.
He added: “We have plans to resist any decision by Trump on the nuclear accord.
“Orders have been issued to our atomic energy organisation and to the economic sector to confront America’s plots against our country.
“America is making a mistake if it leaves the nuclear accord.”
The UK, France and Germany remain committed to the nuclear accord but, in an effort to keep Washington in it, want to open talks on Iran’s ballistic missile programme, its role in Middle East crises such as Syria and Yemen, and its nuclear activities beyond 2025 – the year when key provisions of the deal expire.
The deal involved lifting sanctions against Iran in return for a commitment not to pursue a nuclear bomb.
Iran says it is not reaping the rewards despite complying with the deal.
The Islamic republic has always denied it sought to build a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic programme was for civilian purposes.
Mr Rouhani said; “We will not negotiate with anyone about our weapons and defences, and we will make and store as many weapons, facilities and missiles as we need.”