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Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, on Wednesday, said that, as long as the Iran nuke deal meets with Iran's interests, his country will remain in the deal. Speaking at a press conference in New York, Rouhani said that, "as long as the deal serves our interests we will remain in the pact."

"Remaining members of the deal have taken very good step-forward, but Iran has higher expectations," he said. "We do hope, with all the law-abiding and multilateral-oriented countries, that we can ultimately put this behind us, in an easier fashion than it was earlier anticipated. Should the situation change, we have other paths and other solutions that we can embark upon," he said.

Earlier, leaders of France and Britain, while speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on non-proliferation, vowed to defend the Iran nuke deal.

Earlier on Monday, European Union (EU)'s foreign and security policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said, the EU will set up a legal entity, to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran, in light of U.S. withdrawal from the international agreement. All these showed that Washington, by exiting the deal and sanctioning Iran, has put itself in isolation, Rouhani said.

"The United States one day, sooner or later, will come back. This cannot be continued," Rouhani said. "We are not isolated; America is isolated."

U.S. President, Donald Trump, said in the same Security Council meeting earlier, that the United States will impose "tougher than ever" sanctions on Iran, after the punitive actions against the country slated for Nov. Rouhani said, the expected U.S. sanctions were illegal and "nothing new."

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted, "once again, the U.S. abused the UNSC, only to find itself further isolated in its violation of #JCPOA and SC resolution 2231. When will it learn its lesson?"

Rouhani, however, added that, Tehran had no intention of going to war with the U.S. forces in the Middle East.

In May, Trump announced withdrawal from the landmark Iranian nuclear deal. Since then, the Trump administration has slapped a number of sanctions on Iran, while vowing to apply for more in Nov.


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