Iran says it can enrich uranium to 20 percent in days

A computer engineer checks equipment at an internet service provider in Tehran

Rouhani made a speech in Tehran on Monday, amid speculation that President Donald Trump will decide to withdraw from the nuclear agreement as early as May.

US sanctions that were lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015 will resume unless Trump waives them again on May 12.

The Republican president said they must agree to "fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", which was agreed to under his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, or he would refuse to extend us sanctions relief on Iran. However, "our response will be stronger than what they imagine, and they will receive it (the response) within a week", he said.

Iran has warned that it would ramp up its nuclear programme if the JCPOA collapses, to achieve a more advanced level than before the deal.

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It was not the first time Iran has suggested that pulling out of the deal would be a grave mistake for the U.S.

The rial had fallen to 47,000 to a dollar in early February from about 36,000 in mid-September on concerns about Iran's agreement with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of most worldwide sanctions.

On Monday, Iran unveiled "84 achievements" in the field of nuclear technology including "a nuclear battery and centrifuges for the oil industry, nuclear fission, nuclear medicine and power plants".

The Islamic Republic has completed 130 important projects in nuclear sector in past two years, the Iranian president said, adding that Tehran is cooperating with Russia, China and certain European countries in several projects. Iran insists its efforts have been for research and technology, and that its missiles are purely defensive.

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"We will produce any weapons necessary to defend our country in such a volatile region", Rouhani said.

While meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in November, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that the best way to beat United States sanctions against the two countries was joint efforts to dump the American currency in bilateral trade.

On Sunday, Iran's currency fell more than six percent against the United States dollar, hitting another record-low, as the exchange rate spiraled downwards driven by fears of the U.S. withdrawal.

The unofficial value of the rial is down more than half year on year-the April 8 rate of IRR57,500 to the dollar compared to the IRR37,620 seen on the same day a year ago, according to Bonbast.com, a respected free market exchange rate website.

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