Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to dismantle the Iranian nuclear deal, the Iranian president has made it clear he will not allow it.
The L.A. Times reported that President Hassan Rouhani verbally attacked U.S. lawmakers on Sunday for, in his view, “undermining a landmark nuclear agreement” but said Tehran had no intention of abandoning the deal.
Rouhani was also unhappy with the U.S. Senate vote last week to extend Iranian sanctions for 10 years.
The White House said President Obama opposed the extension of the law but will not veto it.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.“We believe the Iran Sanctions Act extension is not necessary, but we also believe it won’t interfere with the Iran deal.” The Lawmakers say the extension allows the U.S. to punish Iran should the nation fail to live up to the terms of the nuclear deal.
Despite Trump’s anti-Iranian deal rhetoric, many of his top incoming administration members, including Gen. James Mattis, his choice for Defense secretary, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, believe it’s too late now to just tear it up.
CIA Director John Brennan said last week that for Trump to scrap the deal would be the “height of folly.”
“The Iranians know that if they are seen internationally as acting out of pique, it could turn into an own goal of epic proportions,” said Ali Vaez, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.“It’d be a historic mistake for Tehran to destabilize the deal even before Trump takes over.”
Nader Karimi Juni, an independent analyst in Tehran states “Whatever the American administration says or does, the Iranian government will not drop the nuclear deal, simply because Iran has no better option available.”
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