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Rouhani brags about Iran's nuclear achievements

10 Avril 2018

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal".

"The JCPOA would not slow down our progress", he underscored, saying the agreement has promoted Iran's nuclear cooperation with Europe, Russia and China.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said at the time that his country would not accept "any Iranian military presence in Syria".

On Sunday, Salehi was quoted as saying that Tehran needs only four days to ramp up its uranium enrichment at the Fordow nuclear plant, if the U.S. withdraws from the deal. "Suffice to say that it will be politically derogatory for Europe to follow the USA policy on the JCPOA unquestioningly, because it would prove that European countries lack independence in their decision-making process", he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that US President Donald Trump would regret it if he withdraws from a nuclear deal that Tehran and six world powers signed in 2015, as Iran's response would be stronger than imagined.

"If senior Islamic Republic officials issue an order to resume the 20% enrichment, we can do it in [the] Fordo [nuclear facility] within 4 days", Salehi was quoted as telling reporters on Sunday in Iran's state-controlled press.

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, said on Tuesday that the kingdom strongly condemns the chemical attack on Douma this week, in which medical aid groups said entire families were killed by poisonous gas.

"They will see the consequences in less than one week if they renege on their promise", he added.

This statement has backed up the claims that the Trump administration and the Iranian Resistance have been making for months: that Iran never fully disclosed the extent of its nuclear work and that they had never really given the programme up. However, he said, Iran is ready for interaction and cooperation with the world.

As a result, Syrian President Bashar Assad feels free to use chemical weapons on his people again and again, one official said, calling Assad's behavior "a finger in the eye of the Americans, and a reason for us to worry".

Elsewhere, he said that the structure of the JCPOA is so strong that 15 months of unrelenting attacks by the US president have failed to shake it.

U.S. strikes are not going to alter the Assad Government's trajectory "and they may make things worse", said Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. If the JCPOA stays or not, with the USA or without it, we are prepared.

"Another problem is that we have two different rates for the currency - this means some people will try to exploit this discrepancy", Mr Reza added.

Trump extended sanctions waivers in January but has declined to re-certify the nuclear deal. Many believe the United States will withdraw from the deal. The deadline falls on May 12.

Rouhani brags about Iran's nuclear achievements