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Iran threatens to pull out of nuclear agreement 'within hours' if US imposes more sanctions

Tehran: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday warned that the country could pull out of a nuclear agreement signed with the world's major powers within hours if the US imposes more sanctions.

Rouhani delivered the warning during a live televised speech, reports Efe news.

File image of Iran president Hasan Rouhani. AP

File image of Iran president Hasan Rouhani. AP

He added the new "rulers" of the US should know that the "failed experience of sanctions" brought their previous administrations to the negotiating table.

Rouhani also criticszed US President Donald Trump for threatening to break the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Trump has repeatedly rallied against the agreement, which was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (UK, US, France, Russia and China plus Germany) countries in July 2015, calling it "the worst deal ever".

According to Rouhani, the International Atomic Energy Agency has acknowledged in seven reports that Iran was complying with the agreement.

"Iran has remained and will remain committed to the deal though any breach of promise by other parties will receive appropriate responses," the president added.

Iran agreed to limit its nuclear ability in exchange for lifting international oil and financial sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

The US has imposed on Iran several sanctions related to its ballistic missile programme, considered as a violation of the agreement by Tehran.

Updated Date: Aug 15, 2017 15:25 PM

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