International Community reacts to Trump's Iran decision

International Community reacts to Trump's Iran decision

Kerry Wise
May 11, 2018

The United States will keep working with allies to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump withdrew from a deal aimed at doing just that.

Iran had struck the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) deal with the U.S., the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany after years of negotiations.

European leaders said they would stay committed to the accord even after Trump defied allies and other world leaders in breaking the commitment.

In the most severe breakdown of relations between the two countries since they signed the Obama-era accord in 2015, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw down the gauntlet to Trump.

"If at the end of this short period we conclude that we can fully benefit from the JCPOA with the cooperation of all countries, the deal will remain", he said.

He also warned against trusting foreign leaders.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said the Iranian people are required to stand together in the face of the "greedy, covetous and unscrupulous" enemy.

He said he believed the agreement could still survive if other negotiating partners defied Trump.

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"Today, our alternative is not a "better deal", it's no deal. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction and we will not allow a regime that chants "death to America" to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth". Iran's parliament speaker said that "Trump only understands the language of force".

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has added his name to a full-page ad in the New York Times with a message to U.S. President Donald Trump: "You are right about Iran".

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In the longer-run, Macron underscored the intention to have a broader discussion with all the relevant parties on the development of Iran's nuclear programme after 2025, when key elements of the current deal expire, as well as Iran's ballistic missile programme and wider Middle East issues.

It would be hard to replace Iranian oil given the "commercial terms" offered by Tehran, he said.

The furious demonstration in the Iranian parliament reflected broad public anger in the country after Mr. Trump called the deal a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the decision underscores the need for Europe to take increasing responsibility for peace and security, similar to the message she delivered after Trump's debut at last year's G7 summit. Perhaps the only hope is Iran's indication that it will work with other powers to salve the deal but even here, Indian support for such a move could end up increasing its divergence from the U.S. on a crucial global issue.