Rouhani: Trump failed to kill nuclear deal

An image grab taken from a video released by Iran's Mehr News agency reportedly shows a group of men pulling at a fence in a street in Tehran

Behrooz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, has said that Iran's defense program and issues related to the Middle East region have nothing to do with the JCPOA, the official name for the global nuclear agreement.

"Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw", he said. "Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law - for the first time - that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programmes are inseparable, and that Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions". They are concerned about Iran's nuclear programme but also its aggressive expansionism in the region and agree that Trump is now doing, what they have been doing to years: tying Iran's Iran's ballistic missile programme, support for terrorism and nuclear programme together.

It also said Iran will "not take any action beyond its commitments". It gave Iran far too much in exchange for far too little. "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately". He also wants Congress to modify USA law to link missile tests and nuclear weapons programs, as well as impose trigger points that would automatically snap sanctions back into place.

Iran has doubled its oil exports to about 2.2 million-2.3 million b/d since the Iran nuclear deal was implemented in January 2016.

"The US president had also announced four months ago that he would not extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions against Iran", he said.

A series of demonstrations over the economy, which also turned against Iran's Islamic establishment, broke out in almost 80 cities nationwide the first week of the year, spreading very quickly, with several turning violent.

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Is Trump being tough on Iran?

Trump said he would work with European allies to remove so-called sunset clauses that allow Iran to gradually resume advanced nuclear activities in the next decade. "Unfortunately, today a person has been empowered in the United States that has no understanding of cultural relations among nations", Zarif said, addressing the first International Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogue in Tehran on Saturday. "No one should doubt my word", Trump stated.

Trump's ultimatum comes at a time when Iran's economy is struggling, and the nuclear deal has not delivered on the promises made by Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, for economic improvement.

Confirming that about 25 individuals including security forces were killed during the recent unrests in the country, Iranian judiciary spokesman, Gholamhosein Mohseni-Ejei, has said that no one was killed by police or other military forces, local media outlets reported.

The US, he said, is countering Iranian proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.

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