Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned US President Donald Trump he will face “severe consequences” should he decide to walk out of the Iran nuclear deal.
“Iran has plans on how to deal with hostile plots and will face no problem [if the US pull out of the JCPOA],” Rouhani said in a Tuesday address to a large gathering of people in Tabriz.
“Those in the White House should know that whether they honour their commitments, civilization and humanity or not, the Iranian government will firmly stand against any plot and design,” Rouhani said.
The warning comes weeks in advance of a May 12 deadline declared by Trump to renew the waivers for US sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the accord.
Trump, who calls the 2015 nuclear accord one of the worst deals ever negotiated, has threatened that he will return US sanctions on Iran unless what he calls “flaws” in the accord are fixed by other parties to the deal.
The JCPOA reached between Iran, the United States and five other world powers put confidence-building curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
The refusal of the US to keep the sanctions frozen will mean the US is longer bound by the pact.
“Nobody can disappoint this great nation and crush its hope for the future. We are abiding by our obligations stronger than even. But if anyone seek to betray his commitment to us, he should know that they will face severe consequences,” Rouhani said.
French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, trying to convince Trump not to tear up the accord.
Russia said on Monday it has agreed with China that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal.
Iran has warned that it will ramp up its nuclear program if the JCOPA collapses, to achieve a more advanced level than before the deal.