Rouhani says Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

The European Union's foreign policy chief has said that there is no need to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal, insisting it is "delivering", despite USA demands to re-open the agreement. He added that in case the deal collapses, Tehran could return to the high level uranium enrichment that is needed for its reactor fuel.

U.S. Secretary of State, and former ExxonMobil Executive Rex Tillerson, met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, along with other representatives of the nuclear deal's signatory countries, and spoke for a "relatively long time", according to a third party observer.

On Wednesday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in its nuclear program and called Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit for the United Nations.

On Wednesday, the United States leader told reporters he had decided whether the USA would withdraw from the deal, but refused to say what that decision was.

Emmanuel Macron to the United Nations general Assembly in NY, on September 20, 2017. He did not say what he has decided, but some news outlets are reporting that he's considering putting it in the hands of Congress, and that could allow the United States to re-impose sanctions and potentially force Tehran to the negotiating table.

Tillerson said he had been surprised when Trump publicly announced he had reached a decision.

Brian Hook, the State Department director of policy planning, confirmed to the Journal that while Trump has decided on a course of action on the deal, "we are still working on a comprehensive plan to address the non-nuclear aspects of Iran's behavior".

Rouhani on Wednesday called Trump's speech to the United Nations. "We have largely in recent years vacated very important competitive space with Iran in this sophisticated campaign of subversion where they're really creating nearly a Hezbollah model across the greater Middle East".

Under the agreement, what must Iran do?

Iran maintains an embassy in Pyongyang and the two countries are said to have close ties. "I knew he had, but I didn't know he was going to say he had". "The detached from the realities of the worldwide community", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal is not new.

He said Iran has "crossed the line" with its missile development and that "much more rigorous enforcement is needed".

"None of that, I would believe, is consistent with that preamble commitment that was made by everyone", Tillerson concluded.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the US imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran was "illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of global efforts".

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