Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Iran nuclear deal: what does US withdrawal mean for the Middle East?

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Deanna Wagner | 11 May, 2018, 03:57

Even Mr Trump's vague promise of being "ready, willing, and able" to negotiate a "new and lasting deal" means little, especially when his actions show the USA can not be perceived as a responsible player in negotiating and standing by worldwide or multilateral arrangements.

He said: 'If we achieve the deal's goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place...

"I would look to the Iranian government to stop misusing the ability to [buy] these airplanes - an ability it gained under the deal", he said.

Trump continued, saying, "America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail".

Iranian lawmakers set a paper U.S. flag on fire at parliament on Wednesday morning, shouting, "Death to America!".

India today said it will take necessary measures to offset any adverse impact on its interests due to US President Donald Trump's decision to dump the Iran nuclear deal. "In just a short period of time, the world's leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most risky weapons".

All it did was open up the possibility of Western firms doing business in Iran. Wednesday, he said there would be "severe consequences" if Tehran restarted the program.

Obama seemingly ignores reality, issuing this claim: "The reality is clear".

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"If you want to have a deal, we need practical guarantees otherwise they will do the same as the U.S.", Rouhani said.

"Iran is subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime under the JCPOA, which is a significant verification gain".

"Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America's closest allies, and an agreement that our country's leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated". The deal was not "decayed, rotten", as Mr Trump has described it. Right now there can be no ambiguity around this crisis that it is Trump, not Iran, that is violating the deal. Other nations that do business with Iran also could face USA sanctions.

Mr Trump complained that the deal, the signature foreign policy achievement of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, did not address Iran's ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria. (1/2) ...

Sanctions on Iran could further raise the price of oil, analysts say, but Iran itself is not a fan of too high oil prices. "We are unified in our understanding of the threat and in our conviction that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon" he said. The costs of using military force have only increased.

Trump called it "the worst deal ever" when he was running for president and said he would pull out if the deal were not substantially improved.

"The only country that benefited from the Iran deal was Iran. That's a deal to hurt the world and, certainly, Israel".

European allies attempted to sway Trump's decision in the days leading up to his announcement.