THERESA May last night made an 11th hour bid to persuade Donald Trump not to pull the plug on the Iran nuclear deal.The PM’s latest plea came in a phone call just days before the US President is expected to pull out of the landmark 2015 deal that saw Iran agree to give up its nuclear weapons programmes in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.Last month Mr Trump rebuffed similar calls from Mrs May and other world leaders at a UN meeting in New York.He repeatedly denounced the deal during his election campaign.But making another attempt to change the President’s mind, the PM told him the deal was “vitally important for regional security”.Mrs May reaffirmed the UK’s “strong commitment” to the arrangement - insisting it was “vitally important for regional security”.And she promised to ensure the deal was “carefully monitored and properly enforced” if he did change his mind.Earlier yesterday Foreign Secretary phoned … [Read more...] about Theresa May makes final plea for Donald Trump to keep the Iran nuclear deal
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THERESA May slapped down Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu today as she underlined Britain’s support for the Iran nuclear deal.Mr Netanyahu had said “responsible countries” should follow President Trump and impose sanctions after Iran test fired a ballistic missile.But Mrs May held her ground during their first meeting, saying she shared concerns over the missile test but describing the agreement criticised by the Israeli PM as “vital”.It came as she faced a double-pronged clash with Mr Netanyahu during a No10 summit.She was bidding to mend broken bridges after Britain angered Israel by backing a UN amendment calling for an end to Israel’s construction of settlements in the disputed region.Speaking in front of TV cameras at Downing Street, the Israeli PM - due to meet Mr Trump in Washington next week - told Mrs May: “Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it … [Read more...] about Theresa May slaps down Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as she underlined Britain’s support for the Iran nuclear deal
The Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached in July 2015 between Iran and international powers after nearly 20 months of negotiations. Under the JCPOA, Iran and the United States, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and France (known as the P5+1), as well as the European Union, agreed to lift crippling international sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program in exchange for Tehran dismantling it. The JCPOA went into effect in October 2015, followed in January 2016 by implementation the day after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified Iran's nuclear program to be peaceful. That led to the lifting of UN and national nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, including those on finance, trade and energy. As part of the deal, tens of billions of dollars of Iran's frozen assets were released. Sanctions can be "snapped back" if Iran violates the deal. The IAEA, which monitors the deal, has repeatedly confirmed Iran is … [Read more...] about What is the Iran nuclear deal?
US President Donald Trump has exactly one month, namely until October 15, to confirm to Congress that Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement. He has to do so every 90 days, as stipulated by the so-called Corker-Cardin law. It was passed by a largely Iran-critical Congress in 2015 to ensure lawmakers had a permanent say in US dealings with Iran. If the president fails to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement, Congress has 60 days to reinstitute sanctions against the country. This would equate to the US de facto leaving the nuclear treaty, which could possibly spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Thus far, Trump has certified twice that Iran is adhering to the nuclear deal, albeit reluctantly. Now, growing evidence suggests he does not intend to recertify the deal in mid-October. Not only did he tell the Wall Street Journal on July 25 that he would be "surprised if they were in compliance." Trump also added that he would, if necessary, ignore his … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and the Iran nuclear deal – a crisis in the making
The "worst deal ever." That is how US President Donald Trump describes the 2015 landmark Iran nuclear accord. He repeatedly has signaled that the United States will withdraw from or revise the agreement, a threat he reiterated most recently during Tuesday's speech at the UN General Assembly. Both the US State Department and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran has abided by the agreement, and nuclear non-proliferation experts and other international powers that brokered the deal are pressing the White House to stay in. So why is the Trump administration against the nuclear accord? The answer lies with the deal's alleged weaknesses and, equally important, non-nuclear related issues that the Trump administration would now like to bring onto the negotiating table, such as Iran's ballistic missile program and the Islamic republic's expanding influence in the Middle East. Read more: Donald Trump … [Read more...] about What are Donald Trump’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal?