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January 22, 2017 1:28 pm

Iranian Atomic Energy Chief: If Trump Rips Up Nuclear Deal, We Will ‘Snap Back’ and Be In Better Position Than Before

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Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi. Photo: Wuest / MSC via Wikimedia Commons.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi (right). Photo: Wuest / MSC via Wikimedia Commons.

If newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump nixes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran’s nuclear program will “snap back” and be better off than it was before the July 2015 deal, a top Tehran regime official told Canada’s CBC News in an interview published on Saturday.

The Islamic Republic, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi declared, will “act appropriately” if Trump moves to kill the nuclear agreement that was reached by Iran and six world powers.

“We can very easily snap back and go back … not only to where we were, but a much higher position technologically speaking,” Salehi told CBC News. “I don’t want to see that day. I don’t want to make a decision in that course, but we are prepared.”

Salehi, according to CBC News, watched Trump’s inauguration address with the expectation that he would talk about Iran or the nuclear deal. Neither was mentioned during the speech — something that Salehi called “positive.”

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Earlier last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country would retaliate if Trump takes action against the JCPOA.

“We will surprise him the same way he likes to surprise the others,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying during a visit to Myanmar.

“It is up to the US to decide to behave in front of the international community,” Zarif stated. “It seems the others are worried about Trump’s in-campaigning remarks, especially about the issue of Palestine and some other issues, but we are not at all worried, and we wait to see.”

“Whatever Trump does, does not concern us at all, as we have our own options,” he continued. “However, it is an international agreement which demands the full commitment of the whole world.”

On Tuesday, as reported by The Algemeiner, Zarif said there had been no communication between Iran and Trump’s transition team.

The fate of the JCPOA in the Trump era remains unclear.

In a pre-election interview with The Algemeiner in early November, senior Trump adviser David Friedman — who has since been picked to serve as the next US ambassador to Israel — said a Trump administration would “reengage with the world powers in a way that seeks to reintroduce leverage on Iran.”

Iran was expected to be one of the subjects discussed by Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call on Sunday.

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  • Isahiah62

    Trump has made many ARAB nations happy b/c unlike the enabler 0blamer, he will NEUTER them.
    So much for enemedia lies that he will “make them hate us more” as if that were possible 😉

  • robert Davis

    This is nasser-like blabber :iran will only be in a better position to…drop dead.

  • Paul

    When people are REALLY not concerned, they don’t make speeches every day saying how NOT concerned they are.
    If they can “snap back” whenever they want, this implies that no real setback has been created by the agreement – they can break it at any time, leaving the 5+1 with empty promises. Or they can secretly continue building a nuclear arsenal for tenyears, and then LEGALLY declare they have their nukes. And thereby gani immediate control over all the oil-producers in the middle east, and thus grab the entire western world where it hurts most.

    They are most probably continuing with SECRET plans. as they have always done.
    And continued freezing of the 150 billion dollars the US has not released will DEFINITELY not help them.

  • watsa46

    Very likely Iran is secretly working on their nuke tech.

  • Peter Joffe

    Of course the Iranians are better off now as they got billions of dollars from the stupid Obama and never intended to abide by the agreement (that was never signed we are told) in the first place. The sooner they get a bomb, the sooner they will receive a preemptive strike or strikes.

    • Isahiah62

      and this time NO threats from USA to stop them

  • Stephen E Hughes

    if it was such a good deal why did they never sign it ? It just a verbal agreement

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