US Leaving Iran Nuclear Deal May Send Worst Signal to N. Korea

Germany helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal along with Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Zarif said Trump's speech demonstrated the ignorance and populist behaviour of the US President regarding foreign policy, the country's official news agency IRNA reported. "This was not merely a vote for a president, but a huge political investment by our population; a resilient people who truly constitute our most reliable asset". Bolton wants more robust sanctions to permanently stop nuclear technology from being transferred to Iran.

"It took three years of intense negotiations to come up with that agreement", said Gary Sick, an Iran expert who served on the U.S. National Security Council in the Carter administration.

The other deal signatories, including France, insist it remains the best way to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb - but Macron has said it could be improved.

"Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them", Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. While Trump's administration has invested a great deal of time in renewing the Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, the issue was strikingly absent from the president's speech, with his focus on the larger region instead. She says the deal's preservation is important at a critical time in the world.

Macron's suggestions came in response to the U.S. argument that Iran has broken the spirit of the nuclear deal by continuing to develop ballistic missiles and to fund and train "terrorist" groups around the Middle East.

But he declined to say what he decided. This document confirmed that Iran fully meets its obligations under the agreement. Should Trump either not certify Iranian compliance or withdraw from the deal entirely, the Gulf official said: "I think we can live with that".

Trump, who on Tuesday called the 2015 global accord "an embarrassment", said he had made up his mind whether to keep the pact but declined to disclose his decision.

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence", Rouhani said in a speech marking the anniversary of the outbreak of Iran's devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Decertifying Iran could lead Congress to reimpose US sanctions on Iran, threatening to collapse the deal and intensify tension in the Middle East.

He said Iran would respond "decisively and resolutely" to a violation of the accord by any party.

Trump put Iran "on notice" in February for test-firing a ballistic missile and imposed new economic sanctions in July over its missile programme and "malign activities" in the Middle East.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that moderation is the inclination as well as the chosen path of the Iranian people.

The report comes as Trump weighs whether to certify to Congress that Iran is complying with the agreement.

"I have decided", he declared to reporters earlier Wednesday, a day after launching a scathing attack on Iran and its government in his address to the U.N. General Assembly. Rather than immediately ending the agreement, that would kick the decision to Congress, which would then have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose the sanctions that were lifted as part of the 2015 agreement.

  • Leroy Wright