Iran’s foreign minister: US has ‘consistently violated’ Iran nuclear agreement

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Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday that the country would not renegotiate its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other countries amid speculation that President Trump will withdraw from the agreement.

Mohammad Javad Zarif delivered defiant remarks in a video posted on YouTube about the future of the Iran nuclear deal. He alleged that his country has complied with the deal, while the U.S. has violated its terms.

“We will neither outsource our security nor will we renegotiate or add onto a deal we have already implemented in good faith,” he said.

{mosads}He argued that the United Nations’s nuclear watchdog has independently confirmed on 11 occasions that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the agreement.

“In contrast, the U.S. has consistently violated the agreement, especially by bullying others from doing business with Iran,” Zarif asserted. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on the video during Thursday’s press briefing.

The 2015 deal between Iran and the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union provided Tehran billions in sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

Trump has been a staunch critic of the Obama-era deal, which he has dubbed the “worst ever,” and has set a May 12 deadline for European allies to agree to a supplemental deal that addresses what he views as flaws in the agreement.

Zarif likened attempts to renegotiate the nuclear deal to reneging on a real estate agreement.

“When you buy a house and move your family in it or demolish it to build a skyscraper, you cannot come back two years later and renegotiate the price,” Zarif said.

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