Rouhani warns USA if it exits N

Mohammed Javad Zarif has said Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran's "probable" response to a U.S. withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium - a key bomb-making ingredient.

France, Britain, and Germany have been trying to come up with a side deal with the U.S. to salvage the deal.

Trump also wants tighter restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program. "We will make our decision based on our national security interest when the time comes, but whatever it is it will not be very pleasant for the United States, I can say that".

"The U.S.is conducting talks under "what's mine is mine principle" and what's yours - can be discussed", he explained.

The economic arrangement with Turkey could give Iran a way to continue trading should it face renewed sanctions pressures in May. Teheran refused any amendments.

But Iran says it will neither tolerate anything beyond its commitment to the nuclear deal, nor accept changes to the agreement.

Zarif said if Washington leaves the deal, there were many options being considered by Tehran, including complaining through a dispute mechanism set up by the agreement or simply leaving the deal by restarting its nuclear activities.

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If the United States buries the deal, Iran is unlikely to stick to the agreement alongside the other signatories - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation, said the foreign minister.

He has demanded that U.S. lawmakers and European allies fix "disastrous flaws" in the deal or face a United States exit, possibly as early as next month.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to anchor Charlie Rose, at an event held in conjunction with the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, US, on September 27, 2017.

"It will lead to USA isolation in the worldwide community", Zarif said. Trump campaigned partially on his strong opposition to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran signed by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump recently nominated Mike Pompeo, who was serving as his Central Intelligence Agency director, to be his new secretary of state. Zarif showed little optimism about such efforts, saying "to try to appease the President would be an exercise in futility".

He also questioned claims by Western governments that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical weapons attack against the Damascus suburb of Douma earlier this month, saying there was insufficient evidence to reach such a conclusion. They made sure over the last 15 months that Iran would not benefit from the economic dividends of the JCPOA, and so whatever they do in three weeks would not be a major break from the past.


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