Iran Could Quit Nuclear Deal in 'Hours' If New U.S. Sanctions Imposed – Rouhani

Iran Could Quit Nuclear Deal in 'Hours' If New U.S. Sanctions Imposed – Rouhani

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday (August 15).

Addressing parliament live on State television, Rouhani said U.S. President Donald Trump ignored international agreements and broke its word on the Paris climate accord and trade deals.

Iran says new sanctions that the United States has imposed on it breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers in which it agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most sanctions.

The United States imposed unilateral sanctions after saying Iran's ballistic missile tests violated a U.N. resolution, which endorsed the nuclear deal and called upon Tehran not to undertake activities related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such technology.

Iran denies its missile development breaches the resolution, saying its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.