Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the Islamic Republic could abandon its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the U.S. follows through with imposing new sanctions on Iran.
“If America wants to go back to the experience [of imposing sanctions], Iran would certainly return in a short time, not a week or a month but within hours, to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,” Rouhani said in an address that was broadcast from the Iranian parliament.
He added, “Iran has remained and will remain committed to the deal, though any breach of promise by other parties will receive appropriate responses.”
In June, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, which targets Iran’s ballistic missile programs and applies sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its terrorist activities. In early August, President Donald Trump signed the sanctions bill into law.
The new U.S. sanctions came amid Iran’s reported fueling of the recent Temple Mount crisis and its agreement to bolster relations with the Hamas terror group.