Trump Warns Iran Against Pursuing Nuclear Arms

Trump Warns Iran Against Pursuing Nuclear Arms

Trump Warns Iran Against Pursuing Nuclear Arms

Trump has announced that he was withdrawing the U.S. from what he called the "decaying and rotten" Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama regime in 2015. What was Plan B?

Blasting News reached out to Professor Scott Lucas, PhD, from the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham for a comment about Trump's Iran decision.

Trump's announcement was short on answers. The Foreign Interests Section in Tehranexternal link handles all United States consular affairs in Iran. "We have also consulted with our friends from across the Middle East".

Trump has threatened to torpedo the 2015 pact when a USA sanctions waiver comes up for renewal on May 12, unless European signatories Britain, France and Germany fix its "terrible flaws".

The split was evident in the minutes following Trump's announcement, when leaders had responses at the ready.

"We emphasize our continuing commitment to the JCPoA", wrote Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, France's President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Former President Obama released a blistering criticism Tuesday of the USA pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal, calling President Trump's decision "misguided".

Netanyahu adds that he is very moved to be the first Israeli prime minister invited to participate in Russia's VE Day military parade in Moscow's Red Square earlier today.

"If we achieve the deal's goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place", Rohani said, although he also warned that Iran was ready to resume nuclear activities curbed under the deal in exchange for sanctions relief if the USA withdrawal made it impossible for Iran's economy to continue benefiting.

He said: "This was a bold and courageous decision of President Trump that's going to make the world much safer because effectively it's going to put a stop to the nuclear arms race that was beginning to develop in the Middle East - the most unsafe region in the world".

Veep Michael Pence also took away about 20% of today's suspense when he began telling members of Congress that Trump meant to exit the deal, before the 2 PM ET presser. Leaders from the Obama Administration called it a risky choice that could virtually eliminate the chance of keeping nuclear weapons from Iran.

How that works is less than clear.

Netanyahu added that the deal increased the chances of war, pointing to Iran's increased aggression in the Middle East, the ramping up of their ballistic missiles program and the increased attempts to hide their nuclear weapons program since the implementation of the deal as evidence of this.

The US Treasury said the sanctions would target industries mentioned in the deal, including Iran's oil sector, aircraft manufacturers exporting to Iran and Iranian government attempts to buy US dollar banknotes. He also wants a tougher inspections regime and to roll a missile testing ban into the deal. Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "We will try to keep alive this important agreement, which ensures the Middle East and the world as a whole are safer".

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In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian presidency, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, May 8, 2018.

Former secretary of state and 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to strike back at Trump.

According to the sources, Iran has already shipped samples of the crude to customers, while at the same time ramping up production at the West Karoun oilfields, which have doubled their output since a year ago to 300,000 barrels per day.

There may be some room to talk.

But others have been less forgiving, urging Iran's leaders to immediately withdraw and restart suspended elements of the country's nuclear program if the United States left the deal.

European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Iran to "stay true to your commitments as we will stay true to ours, and together with the rest of the worldwide community we will preserve this nuclear deal".

Renewing sanctions would make it much harder for Iran to sell its oil overseas or use the worldwide banking system.

Trump's final decision to withdraw from the deal was made over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the discussions, though it was long considered a foregone conclusion inside the White House.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton is reported as saying that European companies doing business with Iran will have to finish within six months or face US sanctions.

He said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.

In announcing the US' violation of the JCPOA agreement, which he called "gruesome", Trump also cited Iran's ongoing ballistic missile programme and involvement in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

Europe's leaders might convince the United States to effectively exempt European companies from the sanctions regime.

A new trade agreement between Switzerland and Iran appears to be slowly bearing fruit, despite banks' reluctance.

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