Trump cedes global leadership by pulling out of Iran nuclear deal

13 May, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Angel Logan
  • UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said “Iran’s rhetoric and aggressive regional actions were the background to a flawed deal”. Fayez Nureldine  AFP

The 2015 nuclear deal imposed restrictions on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program in return for the lifting of most of the US and worldwide sanctions against Tehran.

Tehran dismissed Netanyahu as "the boy who cried wolf" and called his presentation propaganda. He branded Trump's decision a "major mistake" and said he'll lobby Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week to grant exemptions for European firms.

Trump said a deal with Iran would have to include not just deeper restrictions on its nuclear program, but on its ballistic missiles and support for militant groups across the Middle East.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke Friday and underlined their aim of preserving the deal and peace in the Mideast. No one should have been surprised that he did not waive the sanctions against Iran.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told his Parliament that Britain will continue to respect the deal as long as worldwide inspectors can verify Iran's compliance.

In either case, Trump made an very bad decision.

Trump's decision marked a stark diplomatic defeat for Europe, whose leaders urged the United States president to think again.

"A few days ago Trump wrote a letter to leaders of #PersianGulf states, which was revealed to us", the supreme leader wrote.

"If the agreement collapses, Iran is under no obligation to implement any of these provisions, either the Additional Protocol or the deal-specific measures", said Kelsey Davenport, director for non-proliferation policy at the Arms Control Association.

The Iran deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) is dead.

Trump's decision undoes the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and represents an affront to the United States' European allies, which had strongly lobbied the Trump administration to remain in the deal.

President Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran and six world powers has nothing to do with oil, a Saudi investment company executive and former Aramco vice president told CNBC.

"It is important that the progress made over many years of negotiation should not be lost", Ramaphosa said.

Slapping aside more than a decade and a half of diplomacy by Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and past United States administrations, Trump called Tuesday for a "new and lasting deal".

The European Union hopes to preserve the deal without the U.S. Germany, France and the United Kingdom all said they'd stick to their commitments. Kieran Corcoran wrote Wednesday morning for the Business Insider, "Members of Iran's parliament set fire to a US flag and chanted "death to America" after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal".

"We're doing nothing", said the head of trading at another European refiner.

In October, Trump announced he would not permit USA certification of Iranian compliance with the deal, setting the United States on the path that it reached on Tuesday. Trump wanted to please his neoconservative counselors - yes, that was newly-minted "national security adviser" John Bolton hovering in the doorway as the announcement was made Tuesday - by rejecting diplomacy in favor of a litany of discredited claims, dated "evidence" and bombastic pronouncements.

We asked if he's prepared for hard times. On the eve of the Trump decision, all we could do is to tell the Iranians: "don't do anything rash", the diplomat said.

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