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With or Without JCPOA, Iran to Proceed with Nuclear Progress: President

Ali Akbar Salehi

The Iranian President made the remarks on Monday while receiving the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, in Tehran.

US sanctions that were lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015 will resume unless Trump waives them again on May 12.

Playing down his United States counterpart's threat to scrap the JCPOA, Rouhani said the foundation of the nuclear accord is so firm that constant pressures from the United States over the past 15 months have failed to harm it.

Nuclear expert Mark Dubowitz believes that these threats expose massive flaws in the Iran deal that the Trump administration wants to address. In his speech honoring the occasion, Rouhani said that his country's response to Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal would be "more serious than imagined".

According to Press TV, Iran unveiled 84 achievements in the areas of centrifuge technology, nuclear fission, nuclear medicine, and power plants.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 global agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

"We will produce any weapons necessary to defend our country in such a volatile region", Rouhani said. Jahangiri said the sudden decline was "unnatural and unprecedented" because tens of billions of dollars worth of foreign currency had flowed into Iran in recent weeks from the country's export revenues and this showed that a wider political plot sought to discredit the government of President Hassan Rouhani and foment instability.

Qazipour has demanded that Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani take measures to halt the run on the rial.

On Sunday, Iran's currency fell more than six percent against the U.S. dollar, hitting another record-low, as the exchange rate spiraled downwards driven by fears of the USA withdrawal. The U.S. dollar jumped to as much as 58,000 rials on the open market in the capital Tehran, according to some reports.

The first vice president said that as of Tuesday the price of the dollar would be 42,000 Rials in both markets, and for all manner of activities.