Iran is prepared to “act appropriately” if the US President Donald Trump chooses to scrap the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers, Iran’s nuclear chief said.
“We can very easily snap back and go back … not only to where we were, but a much higher position, technologically speaking,” Ali Akbar Salehi, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) told Canada’s CBC News on Saturday.
He added, “I don’t want to see that day. I don’t want to make a decision in that course, but we are prepared.”
Elsewhere in his comments, Salehi played down another threat by Trump, right before his inauguration, that he would order the construction of a missile system against Iran and North Korea.
The White House made the announcement in a policy position posted on its website on Friday.
“The United States — it’s more than 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) away from Iran, and we have never intended to manufacture missiles that would go that far,” Salehi said.
The Iranian atomic chief, however, called it a “positive” sign that the US commander-in-chief had made no mention of either Iran or the deal in his inaugural address.