Rouhani Says US 'warmongering' Against Iran Will Fail
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that US "warmongering" would fail and warned that Iran was ready to further reduce its nuclear commitments in response to crippling US sanctions
Tehran, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Sep, 2019 ) :President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that US "warmongering" would fail and warned that Iran was ready to further reduce its nuclear commitments in response to crippling US sanctions.
"The Americans must understand that bellicosity and warmongering don't work in their favour. Both... must be abandoned," Rouhani told a meeting of his cabinet, according to the government's Twitter account.
"The enemy imposed 'maximum pressure' on us. Our response is to resist and confront this," he said, referring to the US campaign against Iran.
Arch-foes Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal and began reimposing crippling economic sanctions.
Iran has riposted by scaling back its nuclear commitments in response to the US withdrawal from the deal, which gave it the promise of relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Rouhani said Iran was ready to comply with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action only if the Americans did so too.
"We have taken the third step... If it is essential and necessary in the future, we will take other steps," he added.
It had already hit back twice before with countermeasures in retaliation for the US withdrawal from the accord.
On July 1, it said it had increased its stockpile of enriched uranium to beyond the 300-kilogram maximum set by the deal.
A week later, it announced it had exceeded a 3.67-percent cap on the purity of its uranium stocks.
The idea of a Trump-Rouhani meeting was floated last month by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been spearheading the European efforts.
"The removal of John Bolton is an internal affair and we don't take stands on domestic issues," Takht-Ravanchi said.