U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal triggers worries in Italy

Erika Holt
May 12, 2018

Wendy Sherman, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs and former negotiator with North Korea, said Iran would not have to continue with its obligations after a U.S. withdrawal.

"Since its adoption, the JCPOA has contributed significantly to the reduction of tensions over Iran's nuclear programme and still has an important role to play in promoting peace, stability and the normalisation of relations".

Novikov's comments came soon after President Donald Trump announced that the USA was pulling out of the deal and promised to sign a memorandum to reinstate "the highest level of economic sanctions" on the Islamic Republic and on any country that helps Iran on its nuclear weapons program.

Struck in July 2015, the JCPOA was signed by leaders of Iran, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Germany and former US president Barack Obama.

Britain has "no intention of walking away" from the Iran nuclear deal despite the United States pulling out, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says.

While the burning of Old Glory isn't rare in Iran, this was the "first time political observers could remember anything being burned inside the parliament itself", the AP reports.

France said the Iranian nuclear accord was "not dead" despite the USA withdrawal. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility with a rationale that contradicted the analyses of US and foreign intelligence sources.

Iran hopes the European Union will pass laws to protect European firms from any potential US sanctions.

A presidential adviser admitted that Iran had been "very defensive" about Macron's proposal for further negotiations, but said Iranian officials have been "open-minded" and "constructive" in recent exchanges.

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Still, responding directly to Trump's announcement, Rouhani instructed Iran's "atomic industry organization to be fully prepared for subsequent measures if needed so that in case of need we will start our industrial enrichment without limitations". "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 would remain".

Neither Mattis nor Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford disputed that they had repeatedly affirmed JCPOA was working in terms of verifying Iran's compliance on nuclear programs, but they deferred to Trump's decision.

"If we achieve the deal's goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place", Rohani said, although he also warned that Iran was ready to resume nuclear activities curbed under the deal in exchange for sanctions relief if the USA withdrawal made it impossible for Iran's economy to continue benefiting.

They were talking about it, other countries were talking about it.

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted Tuesday that he would spearhead that diplomatic effort, adding, "outcome will determine our response".

Iran's rhetoric & aggressive regional actions were the background to a flawed deal. The U.S. just gave up its seat at the table.

President Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran and six world powers has nothing to do with oil, a Saudi investment company executive and former Aramco vice president told CNBC.

Unless Europe, Russia and China fill this global vacuum, he said, "The Islamic Republic will bring him (Trump) to his senses with its nuclear measures".

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