LONDON — Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister said Thursday that the nuclear deal between his country and six world powers, including the United States, is the "worst ever" — for Iran.
Speaking in the British capital, Abbas Araghchi also said that President Trump's persistent public vows to "destroy it, fix it, change it," represented a violation of the terms of the accord that were damaging his country's ability to secure much-needed international investment. Araghchi warned that the world faces "another nuclear crisis" if the deal collapses.
He added that if Iran does not receive the deal's promised economic benefits, it would likely withdraw from the agreement, even if Trump doesn't scrap it ahead of a May 12 deadline for him to issue fresh "waivers" on U.S. sanctions.
"If the same policy of confusion and uncertainties about the (deal) continues, if companies and banks are not working with Iran, we cannot remain in a deal that has no benefit for us," Araqchi said in a speech at the London-based think tank Chatham House. "That’s a fact."
The landmark 2015 agreement between Iran and the U.S., Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany called on Tehran to limit its nuclear program to peaceful activities in exchange for lifting crippling sanctions on its economy.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, an organization that promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy, has confirmed that Iran is largely abiding by the terms.
But Trump has repeatedly railed against the deal and refused to certify that Iran is in compliance. He has called the agreement the "worst ever" and full of "terrible flaws" because it does not specifically address Iran’s ballistic missile program or the terms under which inspectors can visit Iran's nuclear sites.
Trump also objects to "sunset" clauses in the agreement that mean some limits on Iran's nuclear program will begin expiring after 10 years.
The May 12 deadline represents an opportunity for Trump to pull the U.S. out of another international deal. He has already abandoned the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade deal. He wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico.
In London, Araghchi contested all three of Trump's objections to the deal, saying the president's interpretations of what he perceived to be the agreement's defects were wrong because they were never intended to form part of the accord in the first place.
He said the White House had created a "destructive atmosphere" around the deal and that Trump's frequent comments about it were "like a poison."
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