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Trump turns back on Iran

News that the US will pull out of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran sent shock waves through the Middle East.

Saturday 12 May, 2018
US President Donald Trump turned his back on the Iran nuclear deal just as a date was set for his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
US President Donald Trump turned his back on the Iran nuclear deal just as a date was set for his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Foto:AP/AFP-SAUL LOEB / AP

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday withdrew the United States from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, a move which will almost surely ensure its collapse.

“This was a horrible onesided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said at a press conference at the White House on Tuesday. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will”, he added.

Already, the Iranian government is warning that it will take “whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient” if it is not fully compensated for the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord.

A lengthy government statement issued Friday said the other parties to the agreement — especially Britain, France and Germany — must safeguard the accord, implement their commitments, and “proceed from giving pledges to taking practical action without any preconditions”.

Iran reiterated that no provisions or timeframes in the 2015 agreement “are negotiable in any manner”. It also reiterated that the foreign minister is seeking “required guarantees” from the five other parties to the agreement as well as Iran’s other economic parties.

At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran with “taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran’s brave nuclear scientists”.

The statement was sharply critical of President Donald Trump, calling his administration “extremist” and the US withdrawal from the accord “unlawful”. The government said the US pullout damages US credibility on the world stage and the credibility of accords the US has signed, and puts “the present system of international law in serious danger”.

RUSSIA TRADE PACT

Meanwhile, the Kremlin says that Russia and its ex- Soviet allies will sign a free trade pact with Iran.

Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov said Friday the deal between Iran, Russia and other members of the Moscow- dominated Eurasian Economic Union is set to be signed next week. The grouping includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

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