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Iran President: Trump Won't Be Able to Harm the Nuclear Deal

He also warned Iran "will show a reaction" if President Barack Obama extends American sanctions

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    President of Iran Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, in this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo in New York City. Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran will not allow president-elect Donald Trump to "tear up" Iran's nuclear deal.

    Iran's president said on Tuesday that his country will not allow incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to "tear up" Iran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers and also warned Tehran will react to any extension of American sanctions.

    The comments by Hassan Rouhani came during a speech at the University of Tehran commemorating the killings of Iranian students protesting a visit by then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in 1953.

    Rouhani's remarks show the high-wire stakes he faces after Trump's inauguration in trying to defend the deal struck by his moderate administration. The timing — during an annual remembrance of the students' killing at the hands of the U.S.-backed Shah Reza Pahlavi's security forces — also shows the internal challenges he faces from hard-liners already suspicious of America's intentions.

    "The U.S. is our enemy," Rouhani said. "They want to put pressure on us as much as they can."

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    Rouhani never mentioned Trump by name in his speech, though he prefaced his remarks with noting that "some man ... elected in the U.S."

    "Whatever plans he has, it will be revealed later," Rouhani said. "He may desire to weaken the nuclear deal. He may desire to rip up the deal. Do you suppose we will allow this? Will our nation allow this?"

    On the campaign trail, Trump called the multi-nation deal "catastrophic" and vowed to renegotiate it, without explaining how.

    Rouhani also warned Iran "will show a reaction" if outgoing President Barack Obama signs a law extending some of America's sanctions authority by 10 years. The law, first passed by Congress in 1996 and renewed several times since then, allows the U.S. to sanction companies for doing business with Iran.

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    Rouhani has described extending the sanctions as a violation of the nuclear deal. The White House deemed the bill unnecessary but said it didn't violate the international accord.