Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that his nation could “face some problems” in the months ahead but will withstand a possible move by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from a nuclear agreement reached in 2015.
Trump will announce his plans for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal, Tuesday afternoon. He has hinted strongly that he will withdraw the U.S. from the deal, which was negotiated and signed by Iran and the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.
"It is possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this,” Rouhani said Tuesday in Tehran, according to the Associated Press.
While international monitors have found Iran to be in compliance with the deal, Trump has complained that the agreement does not do enough to address other actions by the Iranian government, including its support for groups that the U.S. identifies as terrorist organizations.
In talks with European leaders, Trump has demanded changes to the deal if the U.S. is to remain party to it. He has called the agreement the “worst deal ever.”
The withdrawal of the U.S. could mean fresh sanctions imposed on Iran from Washington, but Rouhani appeared undeterred in his remarks Tuesday.
“If we are under sanctions or not, we should stand on our own feet. This is very important for the development of our country,” he said, according to Reuters.