Trump warns of 'very severe consequence' if Iran restarts nuclear program
- Author: Leroy Wright May 10, 2018,
May 10, 2018, 5:34
Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency have said Iran is in compliance with the accord. Although Trump gave no explicit evidence that Iran violated the deal, he said Iran had clearly lied in the past and could not be trusted.
But Mr Trump, long opposed to the deal, said on Tuesday that it was "defective at its core" and the USA would withdraw, reimposing economic sanctions. The UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union, the other signatories to the deal, are disinclined to follow the USA in exiting the deal, which President Donald Trump has called "one-sided".
His comments came after Trump defied the wishes of the other parties to the nuclear deal - France, the UK, Germany, Russia and China - by announcing the U.S. would pull out of the accord and impose new sanctions on Tehran.
Answering reporters' questions in Paris, two weeks after talks with Trump in Washington, Prince Mohammed bin Salman compared the deal to the 1938 Munich Agreement which was meant by European powers to appease Nazi Germany but ended in war. It also agreed to reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98% and limit uranium enrichment to 3.67%. For decades, Iran had steadily advanced its nuclear program, approaching the point where they could rapidly produce enough fissile material to build a bomb.
Fourth, Iran is complying with the JCPOA.
He said he would work to find a "real, comprehensive, and lasting" deal that tackled not only the Iranian nuclear programme but its ballistic missile tests and activities across the Middle East. "Now we have no leverage and Iran is free to do what it wants".
Members of the Iranian parliament expressed their displeasure with the decision Wednesday by burning a paper replica of an American flag while chanting "Death to America".
"The most unsafe threat to Israel's existence is not in the Arab world, but rather in Iran", Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in the newspaper Yeditoh Ahronoth back in 1993, when he was member of the Knesset for the Likud party.
Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday. Sanctions were initially lifted under President Barack Obama, and Iran saw some limited relief. When the pact was finally settled in 2015, it was widely celebrated as a major diplomatic achievement.
Trump's decision could have explosive consequences, straining long-standing U.S. alliances, disrupting oil markets and boosting tensions in the Middle East, even if the United States reversal doesn't lead Iran to restart its atomic program.
This is because the Iran deal contains sunset clauses, or parts of the agreement that will ultimately expire. "Israeli commandos had captured half a ton of secret military documents on a covert nuclear weapons research program that were hidden in plain sight in Tehran without any security whatsoever", he continued.
'I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program. With this decision, I don't know what will happen.
Although the USA and Europeans made progress on ballistic missiles and inspections, there were disagreements over extending the life of the deal and how to trigger additional penalties if Iran were found in violation, US officials and European diplomats have said. Some will return within 90 days, while others will be reimposed within 180 days.
"Israel fully supports President Trump's bold decision", Netanyahu said, thanking him for "courageous leadership".