Trump cedes global leadership by pulling out of Iran nuclear deal

15 May, 2018, 22:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Tension surges across the Middle East as America turns tougher on Iran

Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beijing today on the first leg of a whirlwind diplomatic tour planned to rescue the nuclear deal left on the brink of collapse after the U.S. pulled out.

Iran has pledged to restart its program to enrich uranium if the deal collapses. "But if the JCPOA is to survive, the interests of the nation should be met".

Iran has been in discussions with countries involved in the 2015 agreement in an attempt to save the deal after the USA withdrawal.

The White House said Trump had spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday and "reiterated the need for a comprehensive deal that addresses all aspects of Iran's destabilzing activity in the Middle East".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China would "carry on the normal and transparent pragmatic cooperation with Iran".

"If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured", Zarif added. Citing data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the newspaper explained that Iranian military spending has increased by only about 30 percent from 2015, the year the Iran deal was reached, to last year.

"Unfortunately once again we see that Washington is trying to revise key worldwide agreements as it happens to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it happens to Jerusalem (al-Quds) problem and a number of other agreements", the top Russian diplomat said.

Despite the USA exit, Britain and Iran expressed their commitment to ensuring that the accord is upheld, according to a statement released by British Prime Minister Theresa May's office.


Trump's decision on Tuesday to renege on the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and reimpose sanctions against Tehran came with the threat of penalties against any foreign firms involved in business there.

Johnson also called on Washington "to avoid any actions that could prevent the remaining parties to the agreement from meeting their commitments under the deal - including delivering sanctions relief through legitimate trade".

Zarif and Mogherini also conferred on plans and arrangements for a Tuesday meeting in Brussels between them and the three European countries foreign ministers, FNA said.

During talks with the Chinese foreign minister, Zarif pointed to good relations between Tehran and Beijing after the JCPOA implementation started in 2016, saying, "We are confident that China will stand by Iran". Israel is already on alert for a possible conflict with Iranian interests in the region.

"If the government of New Zealand obeys any sanction against Iran, it is not sanction against Iran it is a sanction against the New Zealand companies", Mr Mianji said.

Despite European efforts to encourage the U.S.to remain a party to JCPOA, President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the agreement on May 8 and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions on Tehran.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

"As the president said, we are ready for all options". Though the president says he wants to negotiate a new deal, the United States has nearly no leverage to pull that off.

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