Ex-Israeli general: United States pullout from nuclear deal would help Iran

With the two-pronged goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and avoiding another war, they devised various carrots and sticks to shape Iranian and U.S. actions.

"We want to preserve our peaceful nuclear technology for electricity, medicine, agriculture and health. and we do not seek to threaten the world or the region", Mr Rouhani said.

Mr Johnson said the deal had put restrictions on Iran's nuclear programme and "now that these handcuffs are in place, I see no possible advantage in casting them aside".

Germany - the United States holds the key to sanctions relief because U.S. government agencies and banks control worldwide banking and can slap penalties on non-US banks and even foreign governments which go against USA policy.

Why are there differences among the allies?

And he doesn't like the fact that ballistic missiles aren't covered.

"We will build and store any amount of weapons and missiles the country may need".

The U.S. offered Iran over $110 billion a year in sanctions relief and a return to the global economy in exchange for halting its drive for a nuclear weapon.

France's President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also lobbied Trump not to withdraw from the deal the USA president has described as insane, with Macron warning it could lead to war. Such a grace period would put new pressure on European allies to make new concessions toward fixing what the US considers the deal's biggest gaps.

"It will also lead to a backlash against the moderates and pro-reformers who backed Rouhani's détente policy with the West ... and any hope for moderation at home in the near future will fizzle out", said political analyst Hamid Farahvashian.

He will decide on 12 May whether to reimpose sanctions and effectively torpedo the worldwide alliance behind the deal.

"Should President Trump pull out of the Iran nuclear deal next Saturday- by next Saturday, even if the Europeans decide to stay in it and continue to do business with Tehran?" Rouhani did not specify how Iran would react if the United States pulls out of the deal.

If Trump is determined to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, as he says he is, he should make sure that, as he pushes on other issues, he does not let this progress - for United States security, for Israeli security, and for world security - go down the drain. "He's not happy about the sunset clauses, he thinks the inspections regime should be tougher".

Netanyahu did not accuse Iran of violating the deal.

In a briefing to foreign reporters, Benjamin Netanyahu said the world would be better off without any deal than with what he called the "fatally flawed" agreement reached in 2015.

According to The Guardian, the firm targeted former Obama national security advisers Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, attempting to "get dirt" on them to discredit their involvement in the deal, known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA).

Other parties to the agreement have all criticized the U.S. president's hostile views, saying the deal is sound and has proven to be functioning.

It is also meant to cut its stockpile of enriched uranium drastically and not enrich remaining uranium to the level needed to produce nuclear weapons.

  • Leroy Wright