Iran’s FM warns of tough response if Trump acts against nuclear deal
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Iran’s FM warns of tough response if Trump acts against nuclear deal

Briefing parliament, Mohammad Javad Zarif vows Tehran ‘will never renegotiate’ accord signed with world powers

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by the Associated Press in New York on September 27, 2017. (AP/Richard Drew)
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by the Associated Press in New York on September 27, 2017. (AP/Richard Drew)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign minister has warned of a tough response from Tehran if US President Donald Trump presses ahead with his threats to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

The state-run IRNA news agency said Mohammad Javad Zarif briefed lawmakers during a closed session of parliament on Trump’s anticipated refusal to certify Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

The agency quotes Zarif as saying on Wednesday that if the United States acts against the deal, Iran will offer a “tougher response.”

The semi-official Fars news agency said Zarif told lawmakers Iran “will never renegotiate” the deal.

Trump is expected to decline this week to certify Iranians’ compliance with the 2015 agreement, referring it to Congress.

Meanwhile Iran’s Armed Forces deputy chief of staff, Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, reacted on Tuesday to reports that Washington was considering designating Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) a terrorist group.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri. (Screen capture: YouTube/PressTV Videos)

“The US behavior has annoyed the world’s people and it is time to give the US new lessons,” the Fars news agency quoted him as saying. “The Trump administration doesn’t understand words but insults and it needs some shocks to understand the new meaning of power in today’s world.”

On Sunday, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the Revolutionary Guard, threatened that if the United States designates the Guard a terrorist group, Tehran will consider the US Army equivalent to the Islamic State terror group.

Jafari also said that if new sanctions against Iran go into effect, the US will have to “find a new place for its military bases, 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) away, outside the range of Iranian missiles,” according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

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