Iran celebrated its National Nuclear Technology Day on Monday and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani accompanied it with a warning to American President Donald Trump against pulling out from the nuclear deal.
Iran’s Mehr News Agency says, “Iranians commemorate National Nuclear Technology day to remember indigenous access to peaceful nuclear technology” and “to celebrate Islamic Republic of Iran’s access to peaceful nuclear technology on the same day, 2006.”
“If the deal breaks, they will surely regret it. They will witness the fallout in less than a week,” Rouhani said during the ceremony, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV. “Iran will not violate the nuclear deal, but if the United States withdraws from the deal, they will surely regret it.” Rouhani added, “Our response will be stronger than what they imagine and they would see that within a week. Whether the JCPOA exists or not, with or without the US, we are prepared for whatever circumstances and have plans [for any eventuality].”
Reuters notes that “Iran has warned that it would ramp up its nuclear program if the JCPOA collapses, to achieve a more advanced level than before the deal.”
According to Press TV, Iran unveiled 84 achievements in the areas of centrifuge technology, nuclear fission, nuclear medicine, and power plants. The publication wrote, “AEOI head Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran had also transferred the first yellowcake consignment from Saghand uranium mine in the central Yazd Province to the uranium conversion facility (UFC) in Isfahan.”
The deadline for President Trump to decide whether he will withdraw from the flawed nuclear deal is May 12. Many believe the United States will withdraw from the deal.
France, Britain, and Germany are reportedly looking for ways to persuade their partners in the European Union to back new sanctions on Iran to persuade President Trump to stay in the nuclear deal.
President Trump has also demanded that Iran’s missile capabilities be included under the provisions of the JCPOA, which Iran vehemently rejects.
A report from the World Threat Assessment states that U.S. intelligence believes “Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them.”
It is common knowledge that ballistic missiles are used as the delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons.
According to Reuters, Rouhani also said on Monday that Iran’s missile capabilities were purely defensive.