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United Nations to Trump: Don't walk away from Iran nuclear deal

United Nations to Trump: Don't walk away from Iran nuclear deal

The White House statement was a response to Monday's presentation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who presented documents accusing the Iranian government of lying about its nuclear ambitions during the period preceding the signing of the nuclear deal with the USA and other nations.

The number of centrifuges installed at Iran's Natanz and Fordo sites was cut drastically soon after the deal while tonnes of low-enriched uranium were shipped to Russian Federation.

Hamid Baeidinejad said that if Washington withdraws from the agreement as President Donald Trump has said he would, Tehran could resume its uranium enrichment and "redefine our cooperation with the agency and some other activities that are under consideration".

"President Trump is jumping on a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the IAEA to nix the deal".

"Iran is committed to the nuclear deal but if the USA backs off" from the accord "we won't stay either", Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by state-run Mehr news agency as saying Thursday.

Benjamin Netanyahu this week, also claimed Iran has been developing a "secret" nuclear weapons programme.

Trump is a stern critic of the nuclear deal, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, and has repeatedly warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

"We should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative", he told the BBC.

Trump demands inspection of Iran's military sites, and ending Tehran's ballistic missile program.

"I don't know what the USA president will decide on May 12", Macron said during a visit to Sydney.

Velayati warned against any attempts to renegotiate in exchange for sanctions relief, saying, "Iran accepts the nuclear agreement as it has been prepared and will not accept adding or removing anything".

Top aides are not seeking aggressively to talk Trump out of withdrawal because he seems intent on it, a second White House official said.

Meanwhile, the United Nations atomic watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency rebutted Netanyahu's accusations in a statement on May 1, saying that the 2015 report "stated that the agency had no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009".

The Iran nuclear deal signed by Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany on July 14, 2015, imposes strict restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in return for the loosening of economic sanctions.

The ambassador denied Iran would restart any nuclear weapons production.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who travelled to Saudi Arabia and Israel on Sunday to meet with King Salman and Netanyahu, said that the Israeli intelligence coup had revealed that the nuclear agreement was "built on lies".