Iran to respond to any hostile bid against its interests: Velayati

A senior Iranian official has underlined the Islamic Republic’s determination to deliver a befitting response to any hostile measure against the country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely show appropriate and befitting response to any measure against its interests,” IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, as saying on Saturday.

The remarks came after US President Donald Trump announced his review of US policy on Iran on Friday, in which he said he would not certify Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Apart from his refusal to certify the JCPOA, Trump also warned that he might ultimately terminate the deal, in defiance of other world powers and undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.

While Trump did not pull Washington out of the nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the pact. Reimposing sanctions would put the US at odds with other signatories to the accord and the European Union.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed Trump’s speech against the Islamic Republic as nothing more than insults and delirious talk, urging the US president to brush up on his world history and geography to improve his understanding of international obligations and global ethics, etiquette and conventions.

The Western allies of the US, including the EU, as well as Russia criticized Trump’s speech and reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA.