Iran warns of withdrawal from nuclear deal
TEHRAN - Senior Iranian diplomat has warned about possible withdrawal of the United States from the landmark nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi made the remarks in an address to the second panel of Tehran Security Conference on Monday amid speculations about US President Donald Trump's likely withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"The US president has taken many actions over the past year to destroy the JCPOA and it is even possible that the JCPOA would be dismantled in the next few days through measures he seeks to take," the Iranian diplomat said.
He also urged the region and the international community to adopt necessary measures in preparation for a possible US pulling out of the nuclear accord.
The US president delivered an anti-Iran speech on October 13, in which he said he would not continue to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA, a central foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.
The next deadline for Trump to waive nuclear-related sanctions falls on Friday.
Araqchi further expressed Iran's readiness for any scenario vis-à-vis the US decision on remaining committed to the JCPOA or pulling out of it.