John Bolton on Iran deal pullout: U.S. not relying on "paper promises"

Axelrod Leaving Iran deal 'unmitigated disaster'

Axelrod Leaving Iran deal 'unmitigated disaster'

Both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also issued statements welcoming Mr Trump's decision. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear 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". It also has been common to hear it within Parliament.

Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic republic overturns years of diplomacy, could worsen instability in the Middle East and threatens business in Iran worth billions of dollars.

Iran has said it will still comply with the accord, which also included Great Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation, but now European companies may have to deal with fresh sanctions on Iran.

"Ireland and our European Union partners, and a very broad spectrum of global opinion have made clear that we believe the JCPOA was a significant diplomatic achievement, and that all parties to it should implement it in full", Coveney said. They prefer a tougher approach, the kind Trump is taking.

EU President Donald Tusk said the Iran deal would be on the agenda when the bloc's leaders meet for a summit in Sofia next week.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Trump's decision to pull out of the deal was "not only wrong but reckless", and questioned whether America would be able to convincingly work with allies in the future on Iran.

Iranians chant slogans and wave red flags defaced with the "Down with USA" slogan during an anti-US protest outside the former U.S. embassy headquarters in Tehran, May 9, 2018.

"The deal is not dead".

"Today, our alternative is not a "better deal", it's no deal".

Major companies in the USA and Europe could be hurt, too.

Trump's announcement elicited an acrimonious response from Tehran, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying, "Mr Trump, I tell you on behalf of the Iranian people: You've made a mistake".

The New York Times said the deal "plunges America's relations with its European allies into deep uncertainty" and "raises the prospect of increasing tensions with Russian Federation and China".

The government backlash reflected broad public anger in Iran over Trump's decision, which threatens to destroy the landmark agreement.

A meeting between Iranian officials and leaders from France, Germany and the United Kingdom - the three European signatories to the deal - is due to be held next week, at which the three EU countries are expected to present a package of measures created to offset the US' sanctions, and reassure Iran that the JCPoA is still viable.

In 2011 the IAEA had said it had found "credible" intelligence showing Iran's interest in acquiring nuclear weapons.

Indian refiners said on Wednesday they were in no hurry to replace Iranian oil with alternatives, counting on the fact that many Western countries have so far declined to join the United States in pulling out of a nuclear deal with Tehran. That remains our view, and I hope that the United States will reconsider this decision.

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