Iran's ayatollah calls Trump inept, lawmakers yell 'Death to America!'

On the flip side, at least two US allies outside of the seven-country agreement, Israel and Saudi Arabia, have both expressed support for Trump's decision, claiming that Iran's non-nuclear missile production and financial support for terrorism are larger threats to the region - activities they allege have grown since the 2015 deal.

"We are in a situation where we have had under this agreement inspectors on the ground who have reported to us directly and personally in the United States Senate the success of their inspection regime to make certain that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon", Durbin said to Mattis. "America can not impose its illegitimate demands on Iran. and ignore Iran's rights", they said in a letter addressed to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "If they do there will be very severe consequences".

The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was heralded as a product of an extremely hard and protracted series of dialogues with Iran that began with the Europeans, and eventually involved the Americans, Russia, the Chinese and the European Union (EU). "It was clear that the Americans can not be trusted and that they will never act on their commitments ..."

"Iran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspection requirements,"the three European leaders said".

During a visit to Washington, bin Salman told CBS that it wanted the program for peaceful purposes, despite its reluctance to accept constraints on uranium enrichment, a step in the production of nuclear weapons.

"We have experienced this before, but though we are wiser from the last experience we are really on uncertain ground here", an Indian official said on condition of anonymity, referring to United Nations sanctions reinforced by then USA president Barack Obama and European Union curbs that were lifted after the 2015 deal.

Alistair Burt, Britain's foreign minister, on Wednesday sought to play down fears that the USA could launch an attack on Iran, saying there was a need to "de-escalate tensions".

The major European countries, China and Russian Federation are all continuing to express their support for the agreement following Trump's decision to end U.S participation and restore sanctions against Iran. "'Cause I don't think they do understand life".

"The JCPOA was the result of long-running and constant efforts from 2003 to 2015, and it is an global agreement as it has been approved by the UN Security Council", said the Iranian President as reported by Fars News Agency.

Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency have said Iran is in compliance with the accord.

Iran's supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters, struck a more defiant tone. Iran's fingers run through many conflicts, forcing the bigger question of how to create a regional security system. But he left perhaps the most critical question unaddressed: What, precisely, is USA policy toward Iran?

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, said that the country will continue to abide by the deal for now.

But Mohebbian predicted the deal would collapse and Iran would restart its nuclear program in earnest. Treasury said that at the end of those periods, the sanctions will be in "full effect". The sanctions that the American president promised to revive actively discourage and punish European companies and Asian buyers of oil that do business with Iran.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that Iran will remain in the nuclear deal, while Iranian state television said Trump's decision to withdraw was "illegal, illegitimate and undermines worldwide agreements".

Trump's announcement yesterday only cemented skepticism. But Trump has taken issue with provisions that lift some restrictions on Iran's nuclear efforts in years to come, and he never accepted the premise that it was the best near-term strategy to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Johnson said, adding that the United Kingdom remained committed to the JCPOA, "for as long as Iran abides by the agreement".

  • Joanne Flowers