Monday, 19 November, 2018

Iran warns of unpleasant response if U.S. drops nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump at a joint news conference in Palm Beach Florida. Kevin Lamarque  Reuters US President Donald Trump at a joint news conference in Palm Beach Florida. Kevin Lamarque Reuters
Herman Weaver | 22 April, 2018, 14:14

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will both travel to Washington next week on separate official visits, in part to lobby Trump on the Iran issue.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal and has set a 12 May deadline to make a decision on the accord, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.

The three countries launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities.

The following day Mr Macron will have the rare honour of addressing a joint session of Congress.

He pledged that "the response from Iran, and in fact from the worldwide community, to the United States move would be very unpleasant for Americans".

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he never thought about whether Donald Trump would serve a full term and that it was not his place to explain the role of a USA president to the American people. That work is not quite done yet.

In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the United States and other five world powers; Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Britain, Germany, and France are signatories to the nuclear accord, along with the United States, China, and Russian Federation.

Iranian state TV quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on his arrival in NY that Iran has several options if the United States leaves the nuclear deal.

The letter was published by Guardian here, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/19/open-letter-us-congress-trump-iran-deal, where the said, "After 13 years of joint diplomatic effort, we reached a major breakthrough and signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement between Iran, France, the UK, Germany, the US, China, and Russian Federation, regarding Tehran's nuclear programme".

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