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Iran's Rouhani: nation ‘will never seek nuclear weapons', with or without 2015 deal in place

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the Kuala Lumpur Summit roundtable session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 19, 2019.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the Kuala Lumpur Summit roundtable session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 19, 2019. © Information, Handout, REUTERS

Iran will never seek nuclear weapons with or without a nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, calling on the European powers to avoid Washington's mistake of violating Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

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"We have never sought nuclear weapons ... With or without the nuclear deal we will never seek nuclear weapons ... The European powers will be responsible for the consequences of violating the pact," said Rouhani, according to his website President.Ir.

In reaction to Washington's withdrawal from the deal in 2018 and the reimposition of sanctions, Iran has gradually rolled back on its commitments. Rouhani said Iran remained committed to the deal and could reverse its steps away from compliance if other parties fulfilled their obligations.

(REUTERS)

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