Rohani: Not Even 10 Donald Trumps Can Reverse Benefits of Nuclear Deal

In speech, Iranian president defends nuclear deal as Trump appears read for it to be decertified

Iran's President, Hassan Rohani, at the Tehran University, Iran, Oct. 7, 2017.
Iran's President, Hassan Rohani, at the Tehran University, Iran, Oct. 7, 2017. /AP

Iran's president is defending the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying not even 10 Donald Trumps can roll back its benefits to his country.

Hassan Rohani's comments Saturday come as U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be stepping back from his campaign pledge to rip up the deal, instead aiming to take other measures against Iran.

Addressing students at Tehran University, Rohani says: "We have achieved benefits that are irreversible. Nobody can roll them back, neither Trump, nor 10 other Trumps."

Iran accepted curbs on its contested nuclear program as part of the agreement. In return, Iran has benefited from the lifting of sanctions against Iran's oil exports among others.

Trump is expected to take new action against Iran's Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian backed Shiite militant group Hezbollah.