It hasn't even been a year since President Obama announced a historic agreement with Iran last July, but according to the Free Beacon's Adam Kredo, Iran is threatening to walk away from the deal.
Iran on Tuesday again threatened to walk away from the nuclear agreement reached last year with global powers, hours after the country breached international agreements by test-firing ballistic missiles.
Iran’s most recent ballistic missile test, which violates current U.N. Security Council resolutions, comes a day after the international community’s nuclear watchdog organization disclosed that it is prohibited by the nuclear agreement from publicly reporting on potential violations by Iran.
Iranian leaders now say that they are poised to walk away from the deal if the United States and other global powers fail to advance the Islamic Republic’s “national interests.”
“If our interests are not met under the nuclear deal, there will be no reason for us to continue,” Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, warned during remarks delivered to a group of Iranian officials in Tehran.
“If other parties decide, they could easily violate the deal,” Araqchi was quoted as saying by Iran’s state-controlled media. “However, they know this will come with costs.”
This news comes just as we're learning from the White House that Iran's most recent missile test (the third since the Iran deal was announced) does not violate the nuclear agreement. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday during the daily briefing that the United Nations is looking into whether Iran can be punished for violating other sanctions or agreements.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Europe in January shoring up billions of dollars in new business deals now that sanctions have been lifted as a result of the nuclear deal. Even if the Iranians walk away, it will be very difficult for Europe to then cut ties all together should new sanctions be imposed.