Iranian officials put out an uncompromising statement on Saturday regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to maintain the 2015 nuclear deal but pull out if all parties involved in the agreement refuse to renegotiate the terms.
In a statement to its state-run media, Tehran said it “will not accept any change in the deal, neither now or in [the] future.”
The statement came one day after Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted that the U.S. “must bring itself into full compliance” with the nuclear agreement.
The Trump administration warned European allies on Friday that they must work with the U.S. to remove “sunset clauses” in the Obama-era deal to prevent Iran from resuming its nuclear program in the next 10 years, according to a report in The Washington Examiner on Saturday.
Trump’s policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29. JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 12, 2018
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the president’s demand would be coupled with sanctions on 14 Iranian officials who have a record of engaging in human rights abuses. One of them was Iranian judiciary chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the Examiner reported.
Iran called the decision “hostile and illegal” in its statement Saturday, accusing the U.S. of going “way beyond all internationally accepted behavior red lines” by including Larijani on its list of targeted individuals.
“Iran’s response will be severe, and all consequences of this hostile act will be the responsibility of the United States,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said.
The administration’s final overture to allies involved in the nuclear agreement comes weeks after deadly protests broke out in the streets of Iran over the country’s worsening economic conditions.
Conferred with FM Lavrov in Moscow today; on to Brussels to engage with E3 FMs & EU High Rep Mogherini. Everyone agrees it is imperative that ALL live up to their obligations under JCPOA. IAEA has verified Iran’s full compliance, but continuation will depend on full US compliance pic.twitter.com/lrDVEBmRWz
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 10, 2018