Donald Trump has also said steps must be taken to stop Iran’s development of its ballistic missile program and its expanding influence in the Middle East. Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump has also said steps must be taken to stop Iran’s development of its ballistic missile program and its expanding influence in the Middle East. Photo: Reuters

Iran says could leave nuclear deal if it fails to reap benefit

Iran may abandon its nuclear accord with world powers if the US maintains a 'policy of confusion and uncertainty' that's scaring foreign businesses away from the Islamic Republic, a senior official has said

Dubai: Iran may abandon its nuclear accord with world powers if the US maintains a “policy of confusion and uncertainty" that’s scaring foreign businesses away from the Islamic Republic, a senior official said.

Iran doesn’t see the agreement as a “success story" as it isn’t benefiting sufficiently from the lifting of sanctions, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said in a speech in London. The US has created a “destructive atmosphere" that’s dissuading foreign companies and banks from engaging with Iran, he said on Thursday.

“I don’t think the deal can survive" if the US administration maintains this policy, Araghchi said. Iran “cannot remain in a deal in which there is no benefit for us," he said.

Iranian officials have often maintained that the Islamic Republic won’t be the first to quit the 2015 accord, making Araghchi’s remarks appear as a departure from that policy. US President Donald Trump in October declined to certify that the accord was in the interests of the US and later announced that he would scrap it and reimpose sanctions unless European allies align with the U.S. “in fixing significant flaws in the deal."

Trump has also said steps must be taken to stop Iran’s development of its ballistic missile program and its expanding influence in the Middle East—issues that are not part of the nuclear agreement. Iran is under separate US sanctions related to its missile program.

It would be a “big mistake if anybody tried to link" the existing nuclear deal with other concerns including Iran’s missile program or regional policy, Araghchi said. “Not only we would lose" the agreement, it would not "help other issues" either, he said. Bloomberg

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