Rouhani: Iran Will Negotiate With Other Countries on Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, second right, speaks at a military parade marking the 37th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran,in 2017 just outside Tehran, Iran. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi / Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he will send his foreign minister to negotiate with countries remaining in the nuclear deal, and warns that he will otherwise restart enriching uranium “in the next weeks.”

His speech came after President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America from the deal.

Rouhani’s speech, carried live by state television, marked a doubling-down for the cleric who has seen his signature foreign policy achievement threatened by Trump for years.

However, he stressed that the deal could survive without the U.S.

Iranian state television did not broadcast Trump’s speech live, but carried his remarks in the crawl at the bottom of the screen and later recounted some of them.