Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he is optimistic about the future of the nuclear deal and warns President-elect Donald Trump the deal is a 'win-win for everyone'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday (January 17) that he was optimistic about the future of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers and warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump the accord is "a win-win for everyone." Trump, who will take office on Friday, has called the July 2015 agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated." He has threatened to either scrap the agreement or seek a better deal. Under Iran's agreement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to shrink its nuclear program to satisfy the powers that it could not be put to developing atomic bombs. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016. "The Americans have in the past broken promises and acted incorrectly, we have to prepare ourselves for any situation," Rouhani told a news conference on the anniversary of the removal of sanctions. "But I am optimistic about the future of the nuclear deal. JCPOA is not something that someone who has just been elected can turn and say 'I don't like it," added Rouhani, a moderate who, through the diplomatic opening engineered a thaw in the Islamic Republic's long antagonistic relations with the West. During his election campaign, Trump said the nuclear pact, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would be dismantled by his administration as a priority. The agreement was signed by the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, Germany and Iran.