İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran will never seek nuclear weapons, with or without nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, calling on the European powers to avoid Washington's mistake of violating Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute mechanism in the 2015 nuclear deal this month, accusing Iran of violating the deal that has become increasingly frayed since Washington pulled out in 2018 and then reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
The dispute mechanism could ultimately lead to the case being referred to the UN Security Council to restore UN sanctions. On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif reportedly threatened to withdraw from the global Non-Proliferation Treaty, which was signed in 1968, if Britain, France and Germany refer Tehran to the United Nations Security Council over alleged violations of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
U.S. President Donald Trump says his "maximum pressure" campaign aims to drive Iran towards a broader deal that will further curb Tehran's nuclear work, end its missile program and halt proxy wars in the Middle East. The three European powers have shown greater readiness to work towards what the British prime minister dubbed a "Trump deal". France has said it might be time for a broader pact.