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Iran’s leaders warned President Donald Trump he would regret pulling out of the nuclear deal with Tehran, and vowed a strong response if the U.S. withdrew, Reuters reported.
The threat was made as John Bolton, who is well known for his hawkish stance on U.S. foreign policy, particularly toward Iran, began his tenure as Trump’s national security adviser. Tehran's message was no doubt intended to show that Iran would not be intimidated by the new White House national security team.
“The new U.S. president—who has big claims and many ups and downs in his words and actions—has been trying for 15 months to break the JCPOA,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a Monday speech broadcast live on television. “But the structure of the JCPOA is so strong that it has not been shaken by such quakes.
“Iran will not violate the nuclear deal, but if the United States withdraws from the deal, they will surely regret it,” Rouhani continued. “Our response will be stronger than what they imagine and they would see that within a week.”