A top Iranian official and close adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ali Shamkhani in an interview with NBC News says his country should never have signed the international nuclear deal that has now been renounced by President Donald Trump, ONA reports.
Shamkhani painted the U.S. as the aggressor and prime source of tension in the region and warned the U.S. to "act with wisdom." He said the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran would not bring Iran to heel or bring it back to the nuclear negotiating table.
"The sanctions campaign is not for negotiation, it's for making us surrender," said Shamkhani. "As long as this approach is taken by the United States, Iran will never ever seek negotiations."
Should the U.S. and Iran become engaged in an open military conflict, Shamkhani told NBC News, Iran has "multiple instruments at hand, including the proxy war," but he did not specify who those proxies might be.
He said that there were people in Iran who felt that signing the 2015 nuclear pact, known as the JCPOA, was a mistake.