Iranian lawmakers set paper US flag ablaze at parliament

He delivered that message to Congress a day after the Trump White House pulled the plug on a controversial denuclearization deal with Tehran against the wishes of America's top allies.

"If at the end of this short period we conclude that we can fully benefit from the JCPOA with the cooperation of all countries, the deal will remain", he said.

He said he believed the agreement could still survive if other negotiating partners defied Trump.

The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by the UN, US and EU.

The Iran nuclear deal was made under Barack Obama's presidency.

On the other hand, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had earlier warned the United States that they would have to pay a "high cost" if they back out of the nuclear deal. Both are needed to make nuclear weapons. Are we seriously saying that we are going to bomb those facilities at Fordo and Natanz? "Or do we work round what we have got and push back on Iran together?"

Former President Barack Obama - who played a key role in the agreement - said on Facebook that it was working and protected USA interests.

Additionally, Iran's top military commander on Wednesday urged for reliance on domestic sources and capacities after the US exit of the deal. The same behavior existed in previous U.S. presidents.

He also emphasized that the USA would punish other countries that violate the regime of sanctions against Iran.

Larijani, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency, said Trump lacked "mental capacity".

Russian Federation said it was "deeply disappointed" by Mr Trump's decision while China expressed regret.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by phone Wednesday for more than an hour.

It's not clear whether the European Union and Russian Federation and China, the other parties to the accord, will be able to ensure Iran receives the deal's promised economic benefits.

He told state television: "We are prepared for all scenarios and no change will occur in our lives next week".

The other parties - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - have opposed the move and indicated they wish to work with Tehran to preserve the accord.

He likened some Persian Gulf political leaders to "America's slaves", adding that Iran does not want to be like them.

Iran hopes the European Union will pass laws to protect European firms from any potential USA sanctions.

Rouhani's speech, broadcast live on state television within minutes of Trump's announcement, marked a doubling-down for the cleric who has seen his signature foreign policy achievement threatened by Trump for years.

"Otherwise, the Islamic Republic of Iran will bring them (US) to their senses with its nuclear actions".

  • Joanne Flowers