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Iran: Changing Nuke Deal Is an 'Insult'

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Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Friday, 13 Oct 2017 08:15 AM

The Iranian parliament speaker says any U.S. move against a nuclear deal with Iran be an insult to the United Nations.

Ali Larijani (lehr-uh-ZHAH'-nee) spoke on a visit to Russia hours before President Donald Trump was expected to deliver a speech harshly criticizing the 2015 accord.

The agreement offered Iran relief from crippling economic sanctions in exchange for strict limits on its nuclear program. It was painstakingly negotiated by then-President Barack Obama's administration and also involved a coalition of world powers including the Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Larijani said the accord has received a U.N. blessing, so any move to spike it would be "an insult to the U.N." He added that any revision of the deal would allow Iran to take its own action.

President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won't withdraw from the landmark deal.

The Iran deal was negotiated over 18 months by the Obama administration. Under U.S. law, Trump faces a Sunday deadline to notify Congress whether Iran is complying with the accord.

In a speech from the White House, Trump is expected to outline faults he finds in the pact and will also focus on an array of Iran's troubling non-nuclear activities. Those include Tehran's ballistic missile program and support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

Trump is expected to say these actions violate the spirit of the regional stability.

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