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Iranian President Calls Trump’s Vow to Rip Up Nuclear Deal ‘Empty Talk’

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is “only empty talk.”

“I don’t think he can do much when he goes to the White House,” Rouhani said at a news conference on the one-year anniversary of the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, Reuters reported. He noted that Trump cannot unilaterally end the international agreement, signed between the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran in July 2015.

Trump “doesn’t understand” that the pact — or, as the president-elect repeatedly called it on the campaign trail, “the worst deal ever negotiated” — is actually “good for the United States,” Rouhani added.

“[I’m] optimistic about the future of the nuclear deal,” the Iranian leader said.

During the 2016 presidential race, Trump promised to “rip up” the agreement, but has since backtracked, saying more recently that he would “police that contract so tough that they (the Iranians) don’t have a chance.” Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said he would recommend a “full review” of the nuclear deal, but stopped short of saying he would dismantle it.

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