Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran vows 'unified' response to breach of nuclear deal

Iran vows 'unified' response to breach of nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, sworn in for a second term in front of an audience of foreign officials, reiterated on Saturday that his nation will stand by its obligations in an global nuclear deal.

As pertaining to worldwide achievements in his first term in office, he referred to the signing of nuclear deal with six major world powers, namely Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, which put an end to a decade-long dispute over the country's sensitive nuclear program.

President Trump campaigned on tearing up a 2015 deal, which the Obama administration and five other super powers reached with Iran to end a nuclear programme in return for lifting economic sanctions.

After Rouhani's re-election in May, she took to Twitter to fulsomely praise Iran's electoral process, declaring, "Iranians passionately took part in the political life of their country". He pointed out that the nuclear agreement was a step towards the rebuilding of the Iranian economic system.

"We will never accept isolation", Rouhani told a packed audience of Iranian political and military officials in Tehran.

"We believe that the nuclear deal has been violated and we will react appropriately", deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said on state television.

In his meeting with Mogherini, Zarif called on the European Union to be vigilant in the face of Trump's attempts to undermine the deal "at Iran's cost".

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Rouhani's biggest priority is revitalising and liberalising Iran's moribund economy, which has suffered from 38 years of sanctions and outdated business practices.

Zarif described the United States move as a violation of the nuclear deal's text, and said, "Trump tries to breach the deal with Iran paying the costs, but Europe needs to be alert in this regard".

Trump, who during his election campaign past year called 2015's nuclear agreement "the worst deal ever", signed new sanctions into law on Wednesday, along with measures against Russian Federation and North Korea. Among them was EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who coordinates follow-up of Iran's nuclear deal.

Additionally, Washington's aggressive Iran policy under Trump and his skepticism of the 2015 nuclear deal means the agreement could be in jeopardy.

Rouhani won a convincing victory over hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi in the May presidential election, vowing to continue rebuilding ties with the West and easing social restrictions at home.

Iran has been complaining that the U.S., as another party to the deal, has been seeking to sabotage global - including European - trade with Iran.

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was absent despite attending Rouhani's last inauguration in 2013. Rouhani has to announce his new cabinet members to Parliament within 14 days.

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