Iran nuke agency chief warns US: Don’t undermine nuke deal

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi talks at a conference on international cooperation for enhancing nuclear safety, security, safeguards and non-profileration, at the Lincei Academy, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ROME (AP) — The head of Iran’s nuclear agency is warning the United States against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington’s global standing would suffer.

Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told an international conference on enhancing nuclear safety Tuesday that Washington’s recent “illusory negative postures do not augur well” for keeping the deal intact.

He said Iran didn’t want to see the deal unravel but that “much more is at stake for the entire international community than the national interests of Iran.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to deliver a speech on Iran this week in which he is expected to decline to certify Iran’s compliance in the landmark 2015 agreement, referring it to Congress, and perhaps targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard with new sanctions.