Iran can not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons capability

Arturo Kim
May 13, 2018

A symbolic copy of the Iran deal was also burnt during the parliamentary session. Trump has repeatedly pointed to those omissions in referring to the accord as the "worst deal ever". And what could that influence mean for our future?

Although it will still take time for sanctions to be fully re-imposed, Trump signed a presidential memorandum putting the process into motion immediately after he delivered his remarks on Tuesday afternoon, suggesting that countries who do business with the USA will need to immediately begin taking measures to either halt investment in the Islamic Republic or attempt to insulate themselves from American enforcement. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and they can not be trusted".

When President Trump announced his plans to back out of the Iran nuclear deal, The Washington Post's State Department reporter John Hudson had an immediate reaction: It was a classic Donald Trump move.

"The Russians and Chinese have already said they are staying in the accord, so there is convergence between the five other signatories, that is to say the three Europeans and the two other permanent members of the [UN] Security Council, " notes an adviser to Macron.

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"He introduced a new element, the element of leverage to a stale, non-productive reality that only encouraged the Iranians to continue their incredibly unsafe behaviour, particularly in Syria, by threatening Israel by surrounding it with missiles and expecting us to sit there and just wait until something happens".

Iranian leaders have said they will begin enriching uranium again, in a move toward building nuclear weapons. US light crude was unchanged at $71.36, having touched a 3-1/2 year high of $71.89 on Thursday.

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He recalled that Pakistan had welcomed the JCPOA when it was concluded and hope that all parties will find a way for its continuation, especially when the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly verified Iran's compliance. In 2015, the IAEA found no credible evidence of nuclear bomb development. Former president Barack Obama condemned Trump's decision on Tuesday, calling it "misguided". One reason is an assessment by Tehran that Trump - the man who promised during the campaign to blow Iranian vessels out of the water if they came too close to USA ships - might follow through on his promise.

Yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran "crossed a red line" by firing at Israeli forces from Syria. As of now, there's yet to be a step change in owners' approach to Iranian business, he said.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Parliament he regretted Trump's decision, but added that "Britain has no intention of walking away".

Crude prices fell in a see-saw session on Friday, retreating after early gains as it looked likely that USA allies would push to maintain a deal with Iran, which could keep that country's crude exports on global markets. The question now, the sources said, was whether Rouhani remains receptive now Trump has quit the pact.

ANDREW PEEK: We certainly are going to be pushing and asking and cajoling them to disinvest, absolutely. Many analysts expect oil prices to rise as Iran's exports fall. But its regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel applauded the U.S. move. You see a theme here?

Even so, the USA has some support for the decision.

Israeli airstrikes struck Iranian military installations inside Syria on Thursday - its biggest coordinated assault on Syria since the 1973 Mideast war - in retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights. The demonstrators chanted: "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "We fight, we die, but we don't accept any compromise". That's Reality Check. Let's talk about that, right now, on Facebook and Twitter.

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