After Republican Debate, Iran Claims Next US President Can’t Discard Nuclear Deal
A senior Iranian official claimed that the nuclear deal agreed last month between world powers and Iran can’t be rescinded by a future U.S. president, semi-official state news agency Fars reported on Sunday.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.