Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said there was “no possibility” of the nuclear deal between Tehran and other countries including the United States being revoked by the administration of president-elect Donald Trump, AFP reported. The agreement was approved by a “resolution of the United Nations Security Council” and could not be changed by a “single government”, Rouhani said.
“The United States no longer has the capacity to create Iranophobia and to create a consensus against Iran,” Rouhani said, adding that Washington’s standing among the global community had been weakened by its “wrong policies”. Iran’s policy of “constructive engagement” along with the lifting of international sanctions against it had placed the country’s economy “on a road where there is no possibility of going backwards”, Rouhani said.
During his presidential campaign, Trump has called the deal – signed in July 2015 – a “disastrous” agreement. The president-elect had said he would make dismantling the deal opposed by his Republican Party one of his highest priorities.
The pactsigned in Vienna last year directed Iran to slash its uranium centrifuges by two-thirds and remove the core of the Arak reactor, which gave it the potential to have weapons-grade plutonium. If Iran violates the agreement in the next decade, the UN will re-impose sanctions on the country, some of which have been in place since 1995.
The sanctions imposed by six countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia and France – had restricted Iran’s oil exports and business with the world market. However, the Islamic republic always maintained that its nuclear activities were only meant for peaceful purposes such as power generation.