Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that his government remains committed to a nuclear deal with world powers, despite a decision by the United States to withdraw from the accord, but is also ready to resume uranium enrichment.
Rouhani, who spoke following President Trump’s speech announcing the U.S. withdrawal, said he has directed Iranian diplomats to negotiate with the deal’s remaining signatories, including European countries, Russia and China.
But he also warned that Iran would again begin enriching uranium if the benefits of remaining a part of the pact were unclear.
“If in the short-term, we conclude that we can achieve what we want” from the nuclear deal, the agreement will survive, Rouhani said in a televised address.
If not, he continued, “I have asked [Iran’s] Atomic Energy organization to prepare the necessary orders to start unlimited enrichment,” which had been curtailed as part of the deal.
Wait, I thought they were supposed to come crawling back offering to give us everything we wanted!
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