Iran rules out possibility of renegotiating nuclear deal

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed Washington for "bullying" other nations against Tehran, and condemned European Union states that are dancing to the U.S. tune over the nuclear deal at the expense of Iran.

Mr Trump already ignored the assessment of the IAEA and even that of his top officials that Iran was in compliance with the agreement.

Trump's White House, however, uncritically touted Netanyahu's speech as further evidence that the Iran deal must either be overhauled or scrapped entirely. "When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left", Baeidinejad told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour in an interview on Wednesday.

The hawkish Israeli premier claimed that he had new "proof" via captured documents that Iran had developed a nuclear weapons plan, which could be activated at any time. If true, it would be in breach of the 2015 deal agreed with world powers.

Trump has described the accord, under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions, as the worst deal ever negotiated.

However, in his video on Thursday, Zarif warned that if Trump does not recertify the nuclear agreement on the May 12 deadline, "Iran will exercise our right to respond, in a manner of our choosing".

Mr Guterres called on the United States leader not to withdraw from the deal, saying that it risked a real possibility of war if the agreement was not maintained. "We face risky times".

Airplane manufacturers, carmakers and others have rushed into Iran after the accord. "So I think we should separate things".

There is a chance Trump might choose to keep the United States in the global pact under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, in part because of "alliance maintenance" with France and to save face for French President Emmanuel Macron, who met Trump last week and urged him to stay in, the source said.

Velayati warned against any attempts to renegotiate in exchange for sanctions relief, saying, "Iran accepts the nuclear agreement as it has been prepared and will not accept adding or removing anything". Zarif went on to reiterate that his nation will not "renegotiate or add onto" the deal, as French President Emmanuel Macron suggested during his visit to the US last week.

The statement came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a televised address in which he accused Iran of violating the JCPOA.

The Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is an worldwide agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015 between Iran and China, France, UK, U.S., Russia, Germany and the EU.

The Iranian minister also criticized the European parties in the deal for what he called their "concessions" to United States pressure.

On Monday, new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will work with its allies to counter Iran's "malign" influence and support for terrorism in the region.

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