Iran will carry on with full nuclear programme if deal with west collapses

Iran is ready to reinstate its full nuclear programme if the deal agreed with the West collapses, the country’s foreign minister has said.

Speaking on Iranian television, Mohammad Javad Zarif, insisted the country would be able to return its previous levels if the agreement with six western countries is not confirmed.

Mr Zarif, who was the country’s chief negotiator in Lausanne, added that UN sanctions would be lifted immediately once the deal is ratified.

What was described as an agreement in principle will, if confirmed, see Iran abandon plans to enrich uranium at its underground nuclear facility at Fordow.

Mr Zarif’s remarks were seen as an attempt to convince hardliners in Tehran to back the deal.