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Iran warns US not to risk global standing by undermining nuclear deal

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 on 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.”

US 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.

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