Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran could walk away from JCPOA if USA scraps it: Zarif

Iran could walk away from JCPOA if USA scraps it: Zarif

Trump responded to the news with a tweet on Saturday: "Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel".

He also contended that "they are also working with North Korea".

In case the United States leader doesn't recertify the nuclear agreement in mid-October, Tehran will consider options in response.

When asked what is his message to President Trump, Zarif said, "I think it is in the interests of the U.S.to look at the realities".

He said the Khorramshahr missile was 13 metres (43 feet) long and could carry an 1,800 kilogram (almost 4,000-pound) payload.

President Hassan Rouhani on Friday vowed that his country would continue to bolster its ballistic-missile program, amid rising tensions with the US.

"[France] will consider with its partners, notably European, the means to obtain from Iran the cessation of its destabilizing ballistic activities".

Iran, which fought a brutal war with neighbouring Iraq in the 1980s, sees missiles as a legitimate and vital part of its defence - particularly as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel import huge amounts of military hardware from the West.

The United States and the worldwide community stand shoulder to shoulder in maintaining pressure on the Iranian regime until it fully addresses concerns about its nuclear program.

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Counter-terrorism operations targeting the PKK on the Turkish side of the border are ongoing, the statement said. The UN Security Council also warned last week that the referendum could destabilise the region.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the test a "provocation" aimed at the United States, Israel and their allies.

"Iran has a number of options which include walking away from the deal and going back with great speed with its nuclear program which will remain peaceful, but we will not accept the limitations that we voluntarily accepted on our nuclear program", he told CNN in an interview aired on Sunday.

Trump said on Wednesday he had made his decision but was not yet ready to reveal it.

Other signatories to the nuclear accord are Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.

He also said that the "only authority that has been recognized in the nuclear deal to verify the deal is the IAEA [the International Atomic Energy Agency]".

Iran's Friday testing of a ballistic missile with a range of around 2,000 kilometres is bound to stir yet another flash point in a region already rife with conflicts that defy easy resolution. That makes them only medium-range but still sufficient to reach Israel or US bases in the Gulf.

State TV did not say when the test had been conducted, although Iranian officials said on September 22 that it would be tested "soon".

In addition to carrying out missile tests, Iran has also launched a space satellite and fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria in recent months.

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