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US will forfeit trust if exits nuclear deal: Rouhani

AFP     19th September, 2017 11:32:09 printer

US will forfeit trust if exits nuclear deal: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that the United States (US) would forfeit the trust of the international community if it abandons a nuclear accord with Tehran.


"If the United States were not to adhere to the commitments and trample upon this agreement, this will mean it will carry with it the subsequent lack of trust of countries," Rouhani, in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, told NBC.


"After such a possible scenario, which country would be willing to sit across a table from the United States of America and talk about international issues?"


In his address to the UN on Tuesday, Trump strongly hinted that his administration was ready to abandon the agreement by calling it an "embarrassment" to the United States.


Were Trump to abandon the seven-nation deal which was agreed in 2015, Rouhani said Iran could resume its previous nuclear activities which it has always insisted was solely to meet its energy needs.


"Certainly what I mean is a return to peaceful activities only," he said.


"Clearly, unequivocally, we were members of the non-proliferation treaty. We were signatories to it, we did not and do intend to leave it.


"We are also adhering to additional protocols, so we will never go towards production of nuclear weapons.


"Just as in the past we never intended going towards that path nor did we ever -- it has always been peaceful."