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August 9, 2015 4:24 pm

After Republican Debate, Iran Claims Next US President Can’t Discard Nuclear Deal

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Iran's  Deputy Foreign Minister said that the JCPOA prevents the next U.S. president from discarding the deal. PHOTO: Fars News.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister claimed that the JCPOA prevents the next U.S. president from discarding the deal. PHOTO: Fars News.

A senior Iranian official claimed that the nuclear deal agreed last month between world powers and Iran can’t be rescinded by a future U.S. president, semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Sunday.

“There is a paragraph in the agreement which requires the U.S. administration to stop implementation of the sanctions [against Iran] permanently and this means that there won’t be a change once [U.S. President Barack] Obama leaves the office,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi said, addressing a meeting held in Tehran on Sunday to study the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Takht-Ravanchi’s comments come after some candidates for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections pledged to discard the JCPOA if they were to win. The comments were reiterated during a Republican Party primary debate hosted by Fox News on Thursday night.

On Sunday, Takht-Ravanchi also said that he did not foresee any of the countries party to the agreement backing away from the deal, and asserted that it would be a strategic mistake for the United States to do so, since it would pit Washington against the United Nations and isolate the U.S. internationally.

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