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Iran says could restart nuclear programme "in hours" if US ups sanctions

Iran's President Rouhani, in a defiant message to hardline critics and President Trump, says new sanctions will mean nuclear deal is off "within hours"

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Iran says could restart nuclear programme "in hours" if US ups sanctions

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Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

He chose parliament to sound the warning, in part also to disarm his hardline domestic opposition.

“If the US administration is willing to repeat previous experiences, Iran will certainly, within a short period, not short on a scale of weeks or months, but on a scale of hours and days, return to a much more
advanced position than when the talks started,” he said.

The re-elected moderate Rouhani has seen benefits from the agreement to put Iran’s nuclear weapons programme on ice, but hardliners see little gain for the sacrifice of a game-changing weapon, and less since President Trump’s election.