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Iran's Zarif, EU's Mogherini Discuss JCPOA Implementation

Iran's Zarif, EU's Mogherini Discuss JCPOA Implementation

Iran will respond "decisively" to any violation of the 2015 nuclear deal by "any party", President Hassan Rouhani said in his speech at the UN General Assembly earlier on Wednesday, as he hit back at US President Donald Trump.

CHANG: OK, so President Trump called this deal an embarrassment, and he's signaling he might walk away from it. Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, told the United Nations that Trump will be blamed if the deal falls apart.

"It is an agreement that took over two years of negotiation over every single word and every single sentence", he told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.

"I think we should enforce the hell out of the agreement and thereby force compliance on the part of Iran", Royce, a California Republican, said in an interview on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper".

Under U.S. law, the Trump administration faces an October 15 deadline to inform Congress that Iran following the terms of the nuclear deal.

He went on to declare that the "Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into".

"No discussion on changes", Mogherini said Wednesday when asked if there were discussions by the United States or other countries regarding changes to the Iran deal sunset clause. "I think there's a good chance that it could happen", he said, noting the Israelis, Palestinians and his administration all wanted to reach a deal.




As for Israel's criticism of the deal, Rouhani said it was "reprehensible" that a rogue regime "that threatens global security with its nuclear arsenal... has the audacity to preach to peaceful nations". Royce said. "And how do we focus on preventing them from moving forward with their intercontinental ballistic missile programs, as well as their movement of troops?"

If Trump refuses to do that, then the Republican-controlled Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.

He is aware of the decision, speaking about it with reporters last week.

Mogherini noted that on September 20, the ministerial meeting of the Russia, Great Britain, China, USA, France and Germany and Iran on the implementation of the nuclear deal will take place.

When asked if there was discussion of what would happen to the JCPOA if the USA were to withdraw from it, Mogherini replied, "No we didn't discuss that, but I can tell you, as Europeans here, I'm not speaking on behalf of all the others". He accused Trump of using - and these are Rouhani's words - ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric. The deal "belongs to the worldwide community in its entirety, and not to only one or two countries".

"I didn't know he was going to say today he made a decision", Tillerson said. "He's not keeping up with his end of the deal".


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