Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Europe to do all to keep Iran in nuclear deal: Merkel

Europe to do all to keep Iran in nuclear deal: Merkel

"The deal didn't reduce Iran's aggression; it dramatically increased it".

He said it was up to the United States to spell out the way forward and he urged the administration not to take any action which would hinder the efforts of the other parties to make it work. The nuclear deal did not stop Iran from doing bad things to its citizens or supporting terrorists.

It was signed by Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, France, China and Russian Federation - plus Germany.

The documents suggest significant conceptual progress in warhead design, but it is unclear whether the Iranians know how to produce the bombs or whether its missiles have the capability to deliver them.

But many (primarily conservative) leaders in Washington still felt the Iran nuclear deal didn't go far enough to limit the country's ability to develop nuclear weapons. "I don't have confidence in these three countries".

"If you want to conclude an agreement, obtain real guarantees, otherwise tomorrow they will do the same as the United States".

"Their words have no value". "And it reverses one of the two most important things that Obama did, both colossal mistakes: This deal with Iran, and Obamacare".

In his comments to French radio, Mr Le Drian said: "The deal is not dead. There's an American withdrawal from the deal but the deal is still there".

The dollar was being offered for as much as 75,000 rials, compared to around 65,000 just before Trump announced his decision on Tuesday night, according to foreign exchange website (, which tracks the free market.

Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States president of "10 lies" during his explosive announcement Tuesday and warned his country not to trust America, Britain, France and Germany.

Europeans still back the 2015 deal and the leaders of France, Germany and Britain said Trump's decision to leave the accord is a threat to global efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Trump's decision was swiftly denounced by officials in Iran, who accused the USA of reneging on its commitments.

In a statement published Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that "as of today" Iran has met all of the requirements of the nuclear deal.

"I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program", Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting when asked about the potential consequences.

The reluctance of other nations to abandon the pact, under which Iran will limit its nuclear activities for a decade or more and agree to permanent inspections, opens a significant gap between the US and its most vital European allies.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) called Trump's decision to scrap the deal "reckless", saying the worldwide inspections regime required under the accord to probe Iran's nuclear facilities is now at risk. Certain exemptions are to be negotiated, but Mnuchin refused to discuss what products might qualify.

"There are worries that Iran's oil exports could fall by about 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from current levels", said Tomomichi Akuta, senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting in Tokyo.

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