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Iran may withdraw nuclear agreement if US pulls out from deal: Javad Zarif

Earlier, Nikki Haley blasted Russia for trying to shield Iran from UN nuclear inspections

ANI  |  Tehran 

Iran may withdraw nuclear agreement if US pulls out from deal: Javad Zarif

Quoting Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, various local media reports have said: "If decides to pull out of the deal, has the option of withdrawal and other options."

"will be in a better position if it remains committed to the deal," Zarif added.

had agreed to restrict its nuclear programme in return for lifting most sanctions that had crippled its economy, after repeatedly telling Iranian authorities that would not be the first to violate the agreement.

If Trump, who has called the 2015 accord an "embarrassment" and "the worst deal ever negotiated," does not rectify it by October 16, has 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions suspended under the deal.

The deal is supported by the other major powers that negotiated it with and its collapse could worsen tensions in the Middle East.

Earlier, Ambassador blasted for trying to shield Iran from United Nations nuclear inspections. She accused of completely undermining the nuclear deal, formally known as the (JCPOA).

"If the Iran nuclear deal is to have any meaning, the parties must have a common understanding of its terms. Iranian officials have already said they will refuse to allow inspections at military sites, even though the IAEA says there must be no distinction between military and non-military sites. Now it appears that some countries are attempting to shield Iran from even more inspections. Without inspections, the Iran deal is an empty promise," Haley said, in a statement.

Haley's statement referred to a report that asked the JCPOA signatories to clarify whether, the section banning "activities which could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device," authorises his inspectors to investigate military sites in Iran.

First Published: Sun, October 01 2017. 09:47 IST