Iran will not be able to remain in the 2015 nuclear accord unless it benefits from the agreement’s provisions, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday.
In a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, Rouhani said the Europeans must find a way to compensate Iran if they want to preserve the landmark agreement, following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal and restore sanctions.
Co-signers France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China want to preserve the accord, which limits Iran’s nuclear activities in return for lifting international sanctions.
Rouhani’s website quoted him as saying: “We must not let this great achievement of diplomacy be destroyed by others’ unilateral actions, which are unfaithful to their promises.”
Other Iranian officials have said nuclear activities could be resumed if the agreement collapses.
On the heels of his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump said Tuesday he hopes to negotiate a “real deal” with Iran over its nuclear program after Washington’s renewed, “brutal” sanctions kick in.
The US president also said the Islamic Republic was “a different country” as compared to several months ago due to his decision to withdraw from the 2015 accord.
Israeli ministers have welcomed the Trump-Kim summit for the message it sends to Iran.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told The Associated Press that North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons would send a “strong” signal to Iran. He said it would “increase the pressure on Iran” to give up its nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.