Iran's foreign minister warns of consequences if Trump leaves nuclear deal

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in NY that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that its "probable" response to a United States withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium - a key bomb-making ingredient.

Hoping that the U.S. would come to its senses, Salehi said his organization is ready to carry out any decision from the country's senior authorities.

"The U.S.is conducting talks under "what's mine is mine principle" and what's yours - can be discussed", he explained.

"We will make a decision based on our national security interests when the time comes". Teheran refused any amendments.


He accused the USA of doing everything in its power to prevent Iran from engaging economically with the rest of the world, thus blocking Tehran from benefitting from the easing of sanctions permitted under JCPOA. "Obviously the rest of the world can not ask us to unilaterally and one-sidedly implement a deal that has already been broken", he added later.

"This is the foreign minister of a country that sends armed drones into Israel and fires missiles at Saudi Arabia", Netanyahu said.

Trump most recently has vowed to withdraw from the agreement by May 12 unless U.S., British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he sees as its serious flaws.

Zarif when asked how Iran would respond if the president walked away from the deal, Zarif said the country was prepared.


A U.S. push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a "very risky message" that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran's foreign minister warned as United States and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearisation talks.

Zarif said Pompeo's Capitol Hill testimony that Iran was not "racing towards a bomb" was a "late admission but better than never". They should use the opportunity of meeting with President Trump to encourage him to live up to the United States' commitments under the JCPOA rather than trying to appease him because by trying to appease him, he will take further steps in the wrong direction. "As President Trump said, we can not live without USA support for two weeks", Zarif said.

Five Americans are held in Tehran, including 81-year-old Baquer Namazi, who is in failing health.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the strike in Syria as "Israel's crime" and said it would "not remain without response" a day after it occurred. That includes North Korea, he said at the time - relevant now perhaps more than ever, as the US looks to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the months ahead.


He went on to question claims by western governments that Assad had launched poison gas attacks against the Syrian town of Douma earlier this month, killing at least 40 civilians.

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