Reactions to Trump’s announcement on withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he is deeply concerned by the US decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal, and calls on all other parties to fully abide by deal’s commitments. “It is essential that all concerns regarding the implementation of the Plan be addressed through the mechanisms established in the JCPOA,” he said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron emphasised their “continuing commitment” to the deal in a joint statement.

“We encourage Iran to show restraint in response to the decision by the US; Iran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, co-operating fully and in a timely manner.”

European Council President Donald Tusk, tweeted that the policies of Donald Trump on Iran Deal and trade will meet a united European approach. EU leaders will tackle both issues at the summit in Sofia next week.

EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini said in a statement as long as Iran remained committed, the EU would also continue “full and effective implementation” of the deal. To Iran’s citizens, Mogherini said: “Do not let anyone dismantle this agreement. It is one of the biggest achievements diplomacy has ever delivered.”

Yevgeny Serebrennikov, first deputy head of the defence and security committee in the Russian Upper House of Parliament, told the RIA news agency that Trump’s decision puts the Korean peace process in doubt. Vladimir Chizhov, Russian envoy to the European Union, separately told RIA that Russia will continue efforts to keep the Iran nuclear deal functioning.

Former US President Barack Obama released a lengthy statement, calling Trump’s decision “a serious mistake”, and defending the agreement his administration helped negotiate. He said that “today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.” He added that :

Because of these facts, I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake. Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran’s nuclear program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it. In a dangerous world, America must be able to rely in part on strong, principled diplomacy to secure our country. We have been safer in the years since we achieved the JCPOA, thanks in part to the work of our diplomats, many members of Congress, and our allies. Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of the kind of strong, principled, fact-based, and unifying leadership that can best secure our country and uphold our responsibilities around the globe.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped negotiate the original deal under Obama, issued a statement criticising Trump’s decision. He says it risks “dragging the world back to the brink we faced a few years ago”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  thanked President Trump in a tweet. “Thank you for your bold decision and your commitment to prevent Iran from ever getting nuclear weapons.”,the tweet said. In the meantime Israel is on high alert.

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby group, called for bipartisan support to ensure Iran will never “acquire a nuclear weapons capability or realise its dangerous regional ambitions”.

 

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