Iranian President Hassan Rouhani immediately dismissed President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal.
“Iran’s understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government,” Rouhani reportedly told his cabinet. “The United States no longer has the capacity to create Iranophobia and to create a consensus against Iran,” he continued.
Trump’s pledge to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran deal will prove difficult, if he promises to follow through. Vice President-elect Mike Pence vowed that the deal will be “ripped up” upon consultation with U.S. allies. Department of State Spokesman Mark Toner, however, confirmed to reporters “the agreement is valid only as long as all parties uphold it.”
The Iran nuclear deal is also signed by Russia, Britain, France, China, and Germany. The U.S. along with several other European countries have begun to re-engage economically with Iran. Boeing signed a multi-million dollar deal with Iran Air, to provide a brand new fleet of planes.
Europe-based company Airbus also confirmed it had signed a multi-year and multi-million dollar deal to provide planes to Iran. These commercial deals are only possible under sanctions relief, that came as part of the Iran nuclear deal. If the U.S. withdraw’s from the agreement it would effectively cancel both Boeing and Airbus’s deal, and possibly renew U.S. sanctioning of Iranian banks.
The latest U.N. report indicates Iran is holding to its commitments under the deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency also says that Iran did not enrich uranium above allowable low purities and “has not pursued the construction” of any weaponized nuclear reactor.
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