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Rouhani, considered a moderate by Iranian standards, joined in the criticism of the U.S., and said, "The U.S.is a country that has never adhered to its commitments". At the same time, however, he warned that he has instructed the country's atomic energy agency to prepare to restart enrichment of uranium in a few weeks' time should the deal collapse completely.

A telephone survey of 1,003 Iranians conducted in April by IranPoll, a Toronto-based firm, found 67 per cent of respondents felt the country should "retaliate" if the USA violated the nuclear deal.

Hooshang Amirahmadi: I think all of those are junk and propaganda. "If they do, there will be very severe consequences", the commander-in-chief continued, without offering any specifics.

Monica Malik, the chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, said: "We believe that the main potential impact on Iranian oil exports will come from sanctions on foreign banks transacting with the Central Bank of Iran".

Iran re-emerged as a major oil exporter in 2016 after worldwide sanctions against it were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program. Yesterday he claimed the deal "was going to lead to nuclear proliferation all over the Middle East" and bragged the sanctions would be among the strongest "that we've ever put on a country".

Brennan, now an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, said in an interview with the latter that Trump has a "very flawed understanding" of the deal, which six countries signed requiring Tehran to limit its nuclear weapons development program in exchange for the lifting some sanctions.

Trump officially pulled the United States out of a nuclear deal with Iran that he has long derided as a bad arrangement, despite pleas from European allies to remain in the accord.

"Unfortunately, Europe missed the four-month-long chance that it could use to preserve thee JCPOA, and spend that time on convincing the new USA administration to stay in the JCPOA".

He said the sanctions will sharply curtail sales of oil by Iran, which is now the world's fifth largest oil producer.

"It is absolutely incumbent upon our government to do everything we can to make sure Americans are not left behind, and that we bring the Americans who are detained there home, that we find Robert Levinson and bring him home", Sherman said during a call with reporters arranged by the group National Security Action. Treasury said that at the end of those periods, the sanctions will be in "full effect".

Senior European figures insisted on Wednesday that the deal was not dead, despite the United States withdrawing from it.

The meme was posted the same day that President Trump announced his plans to back the United States out of a deal with Iran, which was struck by the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015, alongside the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany. Companies and banks doing business with Iran will have to scramble to extricate themselves or run into trouble with the USA government.

"It might make Iran change its path", he said hopefully.

The phrase originated during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and is not specific to any anger about Trump or the nuclear deal.

Rouhani underscored that what the United States president did was a wrong move.

Iran can now return to its nuclear aims, Rice wrote. I believe that both sides will negotiate a deal. Yet the Europeans realized he was unpersuaded.

The government backlash reflected broad public anger in Iran over Trump's decision, which threatens to destroy the landmark agreement. In Tehran, Rouhani sought to calm nerves, smiling as he appeared at a petroleum expo.