UN Chief Warns Trump Not To Ditch Iran Nuclear Deal

Bret Stephens: The Iran nuclear deal was founded on a lie

Bret Stephens: The Iran nuclear deal was founded on a lie

The ambassador denied Iran would restart any nuclear weapons production.

Zarif said the United States has "consistently violated the nuclear deal, particularly by bullying others to prevent businesses from returning to Iran". The statement added that such remarks are futile efforts by a "broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits".

Zarif himself dismissed Netanyahu's presentation as "a rehash of old allegations" and called the prime minister "the boy who can't stop crying wolf".

In a video released Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed the country will neither reform or supplement the current agreement.

All this comes less than two weeks before Donald Trump is due to decide whether to continue to abide by the 2015 deal by waiving United States sanctions on Iran.

Zarif's address comes just days after Netanyahu delivered a "bizarre" speech accusing Iran of harboring a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of the nuclear agreement.

"The information we have so far is there has been no breaches against the Iran nuclear deal but there would be further reviews. Iran hid a vast atomic archive from the world and from the IAEA - until today".

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But scrapping the nuclear agreement would only make Iran that much more risky.

"Iran will not renegotiate what was agreed years ago and has been implemented. also we will reject any ratification of it", he said in the five-minute video that was uploaded to YouTube.

But some, including U.S. allies Britain, France and Germany, said the information he had delivered was already known to nuclear weapons inspectors and had no bearing on the nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and world powers in July 2015. He has urged Congress and the Europeans to "fix" the agreement, or he will kill it by May 12, when he has to re-certify Iran's compliance.

Hamid Baeidinejad, the country's top envoy in London, said Iran would "be ready to go back to the previous situation" if America pulls out of the 2015 pact, as threatened by US President Donald Trump.

Mr Rouhani has said that Mr Trump has no "right" to renegotiate the seven-party agreement.

Arguing it is Iran-and not the USA or Europe-that has "serious grievances" and "much to demand" in terms of diplomatic concessions, Zarif noted that his nation "has not invaded anyone in centuries, but we have been invaded, most recently [in 1980] by Saddam Hussein, who was then backed by the USA and its regional allies".

Netanyahu also briefed French President Emanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the documents allegedly obtained by Israeli intelligence. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the designated inspector under the agreement, Iran has complied with its terms.

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