TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned on Thursday that the opportunities provided by a nuclear deal with world powers will not last forever, urging his countrymen to take full advantage of this moment in history.
"The opportunity that the nuclear deal has created for us is not permanent and eternal." Rouhani said during a televised speech marking ceremonies for the national day of nuclear technology. "If, God forbid, a small group does not allow us to this opportunity in a proper way, the opportunity will not come back."
The remarks by Rouhani appear to be a response to influential hard-line opponents — who opposed the deal while it was being negotiated and are now downplaying the economic benefits of the lifting of international sanctions.
Earlier this week, the chief of the powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohamad Ali Jafari, criticized the nuclear deal, saying that it, "is not considered as a document of honor and it will not be so ever."
Under the deal Iran reached with world powers in 2015, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.