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Rohani Says Iran Won't Let Trump 'Rip Up' Nuclear Deal


Iranian President Hassan Rohani

Iranian President Hassan Rohani

Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Tehran won't let U.S. President-elect Donald Trump "rip up" a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

In a speech at the University of Tehran on December 6, Rohani said that Trump "wants to do many things, but none of his actions would affect us."

"Do you think the United States can rip up the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]? Do you think we and our nation will let him do that?" he said of the July 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, lengthening the time it would take for Tehran to develop a nuclear weapon if it sought to do so.

The United States "is our enemy, we have no doubt about this," Rohani also said. “The Americans want to put as much pressure on us as they can.”

International sanctions against Iran have been eased under the deal.

Trump, who takes office on January 20, said during the election campaign that it was a "terrible" deal that only benefited Iran and that he would "tear it up" if elected.

However, he has since said that it would be hard to destroy a deal enshrined in a UN resolution.

Based on reporting by Reuters and IRNA
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