President in an interview with CNN:

US will pay a high cost if scraps JCPOA

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani emphasized that Washington will pay a high cost if US President Donald Trump carries out his threats to scrap the historic nuclear deal.

During an interview with CNN, President Rouhani told, “Given that Mr Trump's actions and reactions and policies are somewhat unpredictable, we have thought long and hard about our reactions”.

“Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them,” continued Rouhani.

“Exiting the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, will yield no results for the United States but at the same time it will generally decrease and cut away and chip away at international trust placed in the Unites States of America,” he added.

Iran is ready to respond to the possibility of Trump walking away from the agreement, said the President adding: “Any riposte from Iran would come quite swiftly and probably within a week. If the US wants to increase the tensions it will see the reaction from Iran”.

“The North Korean issue was already on the way to negotiation when the negotiations stopped and the two sides chose ways other than negotiations. I think what the Iranian experience shows is a good experience that can be replicated elsewhere and executed elsewhere,” continued the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“But keep in mind please that if the United States wishes to withdraw from the JCPOA, why would the North Koreans waste their time in order to sit around the table of dialogue with the United States, because they would think perhaps after years of talks and a potential agreement the next US administration could step over or pull out of the agreement,” he went on to say.

"Our actions were successful and today we are witnessing the final stages of the defeat of ISIS,” said Rouhani adding: “The future of Syria will be determined by talks and ultimately the opposition must reach an agreement with the government and the will of people would be the ballot box should ultimately determine what happens”.

Myanmar should be condemned and aid should be forwarded to Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, added the President.

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