USA media cautious over Trump's Iran decision
- Author: Leroy Wright May 10, 2018,
May 10, 2018, 0:47
But Trump has chose to wind back that progress, putting America and its allies in jeopardy without the respect of providing an honest reason why.
"Look, the fact is the deal has been flawed from the beginning".
"I think it is clear that it has provided a greater sense of security and stability in the Middle East. It was not doable because the flaws go right to the foundations of the deal".
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose hostility toward Washington is the glue that holds together Iran's faction-ridden leadership, had said Iran would "shred" the deal if the United States pulled out.
President Hassan Rouhani said he would send foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit each of the remaining countries involved in the deal. "Under the original deal there were waivers for commercial aircraft, parts and services and the existing licenses will be revoked".
The Europeans, likewise, insisted on fighting to keep the deal in force. It's the wrong objective.
"The JCPOA is in America's interest - it has significantly rolled back Iran's nuclear program".
The speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani said there was now a window in which the European Union could demonstrate whether it had the global clout to keep the agreement going.
Fatemeh Aman, a Washington DC-based political analyst, said Trump's decision was due to worry over Iran's expanding political influence in the Middle East.
For many in Europe, Trump's decision was no surprise: He has been a longtime critic of the Iran agreement - a signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration - which placed curbs on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting worldwide sanctions. While Iranian officials, including the parliament speaker, say they hope Europe will work with them to preserve the deal, many are pessimistic.
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Iran has not violated any norms and he doesn't see a reason to withdraw from the agreement. "He gave every one of them a chance to try to fix the deal, and unfortunately they didn't come close because the deal itself is inherently flawed". The uranium it was allowed must be kept at 3% to 4% enrichment, far less than the 90% required to make a nuclear bomb. By withdrawing from the deal, we have weakened our ability to address these other concerns.
In separate comments, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said that it was "not acceptable" for the U.S. to be the "economic policeman of the planet".
Trump did not provide details of what he described as the "highest level of economic sanctions" that he is re-imposing on Iran. Protests that spread through several Iranian cities in December and January were linked to stagnation and rising costs of living, as the nuclear deal failed to deliver economic liftoff.
President Donald Trump signs a Presidential Memorandum on the Iran nuclear deal. It "will strengthen the hand of hardliners" and put them "in the driving seat and they will be pushing for a much more radical and aggressive foreign policy", he said.
And a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, warned on Twitter that Trump's move "will cause instability and new conflicts".