Work out Iran nuclear deal through 'dialogue and diplomacy'

Faith Castro
May 10, 2018

US President Donald Trump yesterday announced that the US will withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord to curb Iran's nuclear program and reinstate financial sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation.

And President Rouhani said earlier Iran would remain committed to the multinational pact.

"This administration remains committed to putting the safety, interests and well-being of our citizens first".

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed by the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain with Iran in 2015.

Trump had long pledged to tear up the "very badly negotiated" agreement - which his predecessor Barack Obama agreed with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - daring Tehran's regime to restart its enrichment program and alleged quest for a nuclear weapon.

City A.M. understands a number of options are on the table as the bloc - which is Iran's third biggest trading partner after China and the UAE - seeks to maintain the deal while also safeguarding European firms who may find themselves in violation of U.S. law.

Mr. Le Drian said France, like others, was well aware that there were concerns about issues beyond Iran's nuclear capability, namely its ballistic weapons programme, but said they could be addressed without ditching the nuclear deal. Alternatively, it could cripple the regime so badly that it would collapse altogether, permitting the negotiate a deal with a new ruling body in Iran. What Washington really needs is a new Iran policy, not just a nuclear policy-and the will to roll up its sleeves and carry it out.

"We have not seen any drawdown or reduction in Iran's malicious activities and malign activity across the region", Mattis said. "If at the end of this short period we conclude that we can fully benefit from the JCPOA with the co-operation of all countries, the deal would remain", he added.

Bolton maintains that Mr. Trump's pullout from the deal won't inch the USA closer to war with Iran, but claims "Iran is bringing us closer to war with its belligerent activity in Iraq and Syria". "I have no faith in him anymore", said Reza Azarpanah, a 32-year-old construction worker who voted for Rouhani in 2017.

Mr Trump chose to act even after the United States intelligence community has verified that Iran is meeting its responsibilities under the deal.

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But Rouhani warned that he has instructed the country's atomic energy agency to prepare to restart enrichment of uranium at an industrial level in a few weeks' time should the deal collapse completely.

The European Union's chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, who helped oversee the accord, insisted it was "delivering on its goal which is guaranteeing that Iran doesn't develop nuclear weapons".

"Secondary sanctions will penalize any foreign companies that do business with Iran", Chalmers said.

"The deal is not dead".

"Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues", parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on the judiciary's website, Mizan.

"That is the reason why Turkey will be hit but the United States may certainly have some positive gain from this withdrawal or the rising oil prices".

"And you saw our best and closest allies having to come to Washington to personally lobby Trump not to do this and he did it anyway and so the only global ally that Trump has on this is Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu", he added.

Lawmakers held the impromptu demonstration the day after Trump's decision.

The president added: "If they do, there will be very severe effect".

China on Wednesday also voiced regret over Trump's decision and vowed to "safeguard" the agreement.

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