Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization cautioned that Iran would "startle" the US with its response should Washington withdraw from the JCPOA. Salehi's remarks come amid concerns among other JCPOA signatories, including Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France, over a possible US exit. The White House has until May 12 to decide whether to keep the nuclear deal in place, or to withdraw. © AP Photo / Vahid SalemiUS to Be 'Startled' With Iran Response Readiness if It Withdraws From JCPOALast week, Trump secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo told lawmakers that the US needs to "fix" the Iran deal, and that "if we conclude that this cannot be fixed, that there are serious shortcomings, then I will recommend to the president that we will work with our allies to achieve a better outcome and a better deal." Pompeo's comments … [Read more...] about Netanyahu Lobby’s Pressure on Trump Over Iran Deal Makes US Exit Likely
Nuclear iran deal
But will their apparent bond prove productive as European capitals struggle to save the Iran nuclear deal from Trump's impulsive wrath? The idea will be tested Monday when the French leader begins a state visit in Washington, and European diplomats have a lot invested in what seems a tricky task. There is not much time. Trump is due to decide by May 12th whether talks with Paris, Berlin and London on tougher anti-Iran measures have advanced far enough. If he feels the "flaws" in the 2015 deal have not been adequately repaired, he may decide to withdraw his support, opening the way for renewed US sanctions that could torpedo the whole accord. Europe would see this as a disaster, both in terms of the deal itself -- a central plank in their non-proliferation strategy -- and in terms of relations with Washington. If anyone can talk down Trump, it might be Macron, who has better relations with the White House than his British and German counterparts Theresa May and Angela Merkel. READ … [Read more...] about Can Macron’s White House visit save the Iran deal?
The UK, France and Germany are locked in "intense" talks with the US in an attempt to stop the Trump administration scuppering the Iran nuclear deal. President Donald Trump's threat to reintroduce sanctions against Iran on May 12 threatens to disrupt his budding partnership with French leader Emmanuel Macron, who heads to Washington for a state visit next week. The 2015 deal between Iran and the three European powers, the US, China, Russia gave Tehran relief from sanctions in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear programme. The UK and France are holding regular talks as they try to come up with a plan in the coming days to adapt the deal to satisfy Mr Trump's concerns. The deal is likely to be on the agenda during Mr Macron's visit, and a separate visit next week of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. White House objections include the extent of the inspection programme, the 10-year "sunset" clauses for limits on Iran’s nuclear activity and the exclusion of Iran's ballistic … [Read more...] about UK, France and Germany in ‘intense’ talks with US to address Iran deal concerns
By April 12, 2018, 6:44 PM EDT European officials said they are growing more optimistic they’ll be able to provide enough assurances to the U.S. to prevent President Donald Trump from scrapping the Iran nuclear deal.Officials from the U.K., France and Germany emerged from talks this week with U.S. officials in Washington more confident than they’ve been after previous meetings. Two European diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are ongoing, said they are close to an agreement that could be taken to Trump and his top advisers.Russia and China, the other parties to the 2015 Iran accord reached under President Barack Obama’s administration, are not part of this effort to shape additional language outside of that deal.Trump has previously threatened to tear up the Iran deal, and he suggested he may not continue to periodically waive sanctions on Iran -- the next deadline to do so is May 12. His choice of John Bolton to replace H.R. … [Read more...] about Europeans See Signs for Optimism in Push to Preserve Iran Deal
Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, unless it is ‘fixed’ by May 12. He would be right to follow through, according to Michael Makovsky.US president Donald Trump has made clear his eagerness to withdraw US troops from Syria, ceding the country to Iran, to more chemical attacks, and to further conflict.However mistaken that would be, he is confronting Iran through a different withdrawal — from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, unless it is “fixed” by May 12.Since the fundamentally flawed agreement cannot be truly rectified, and US credibility is at stake, that would be the right policy.The Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all but guaranteed a nuclear Iran no later than 2030, necessitating US withdrawal at some point to prevent a critical threat to American national security interests. But there was no urgency for Washington to do so.What was pressing, after the … [Read more...] about US wrong to leave Syria, but right to withdraw from Iran deal