Iran vows to restart nuclear program if deal collapses

Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear program on an “industrial scale” in the wake of the decision by US President Donald Trump to abandon the deal that curbs the country’s nuclear ambitions.
In a statement published Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he would embark on a round of international diplomacy to try and save the deal. At the same time, the country would make preparations to restart its program of nuclear enrichment, he said.
Zarif’s comments came as thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstration since Trump announced his decision Tuesday.
Protesters burned an American flag and railed against the US and Israel after emerging from Friday prayers in Tehran.

Tehran (CNN)Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear program on an “industrial scale” in the wake of the decision by US President Donald Trump to abandon the deal that curbs the country’s nuclear ambitions.
In a statement published Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he would embark on a round of international diplomacy to try and save the deal. At the same time, the country would make preparations to restart its program of nuclear enrichment, he said.
Zarif’s comments came as thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstration since Trump announced his decision Tuesday.
Protesters burned an American flag and railed against the US and Israel after emerging from Friday prayers in Tehran.

In his statement, Zarif accused Trump of “ignorance and folly” and said American foreign policy had “dragged the Middle East into chaos.”
He said Iran would attempt to save the nuclear deal through negotiations with the European nations who were co-signatories to the deal. Zarif will meet Tuesday with his counterparts from Germany, France and the UK in Brussels.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the US decision to withdraw from the deal was a serious blow. Speaking at a Catholic Day conference in Muenster on Friday, Merkel said it would be difficult to keep the deal alive, given that a “huge economic power has left.”
“We hope we can, but there are a lot of things playing a role in this,” she said. “We will have to discuss that with Iran.”

Source » cnn

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