Iran warns USA against deal violation

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The United States would regret violating the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, adding that Iran would respond in "less than a week" should that happen.

"We will not be the first to violate the accord, but they [the U.S.] should know that they will regret it if they withdraw from it", Rouhani asserted. "Our response will be stronger than what they imagine and they would see that within a week", Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

France, Britain and Germany are seeking to persuade their European Union partners to back new sanctions on Iran, mainly on its missile programme, as a way to persuade Trump to stick with the nuclear deal that put curbs on Iran's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

"The new U.S. President. has been trying for 15 months to break the JCPOA. but the structure of the JCPOA is so strong that it has not been shaken by such quakes", he said.

Trump's threats regarding the nuclear deal have influenced Iran to consider all possible outcomes, including a JCPOA without the USA, but which might still include some European allies, China and Russian Federation.

Mandelker, speaking in London, said Iran was using money to support Hezbollah, Hamas and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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"If they withdraw, it would mean that they are not committed to their words".

Rouhani said Iran has been preparing for every possible scenario, including a JCPOA without the United States - which would still include European signatories, China and Russian Federation - or no deal at all. We are not thinking of threatening anyone.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that bilateral, regional and global Tehran-Moscow relations are beneficial for the two nations and the world and the Iranian government is determined to develop and establish inclusive relations with Russian Federation and the Islamic Consultative Assembly supports this decision", Mr. Rouhani continued.

He also took aim at his hardline opponents on the domestic front, who have criticised his efforts to reach out to the West.

Rouhani was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying that Iran needs "both hard and soft power" while pursuing "constructive engagement" with the world. "Some only look at one side of the coin", he said. We need soft power.

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