Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is determined to destroy a key 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries in a bid to force Iran to walk away from the deal، according to "Press TV".
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with representatives of Iran's Chamber of Commerce، Industries، Mines and Agriculture on Sunday، several weeks after the US move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement، officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). US President Donald Trump has also vowed to re-impose nuclear sanctions on Tehran.
He added that the US is the dominant economic power in the world and its strategic objective is to force Iran to exit the JCPOA.
"Of course، this does not mean that we will never walk away from the JCPOA under any circumstances، but we know the opposite side's goal،" the Iranian foreign minister said.US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement، which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States، Britain، France، Russia and China - plus Germany.
Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Under the JCPOA، Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday that the Middle East and the entire world would face a "dreadful" future if the key nuclear agreement fell apart."If the European Union and other countries supporting the JCPOA do not demonstrate their practical opposition to the US policies in due time، they will face a dreadful future and unprecedented insecurity in the region and the world because of the JCPOA's collapse،" the AEOI chief said.
In a phone call with his French counterpart، Emmanuel Macron، on June 12، Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic will quit the multilateral nuclear agreement if it does not benefit from the deal after the US pullout.