DONALD Trump described the Iran nuclear deal as the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the US. The US President claimed Iran was still developing its nuke programme. ere's what you need to know. Why has Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal? Announcing his decision to withdraw in July 2018 to announce his decision, he said: “The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. “In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear blackout.” “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie." The Republican, who called the agreement "rotting and decaying", said he would impose the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Iran. He said: "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them."What sanctions are … [Read more...] about Why did Donald Trump pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and what sanctions are the US reinstating?
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Europe’s big powers joined with Russia and China in reaffirming their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, once again rebuking U.S. President Donald Trump for his unilateral decision to withdraw from it. Officials from the EU, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia met in New York, where world leaders are gathered at the United Nations, and issued a statement saying they were committed to “ensure the full and effective implementation” of the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) despite Trump’s reimposition of economic sanctions. The meeting on Monday also included Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. The EU was represented by its foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini. The statement also confirmed efforts by the Europeans to create a special corporate entity that would facilitate continued business transactions with Iran. The U.S. has vowed top punish any businesses that violate its sanctions, while the EU … [Read more...] about Rebuking Trump, major powers reaffirm Iran nuclear deal
Russia has voiced full support for the Iran nuclear deal, among other parties to the agreement, despite U.S. sanctions resuming this fall.U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal last May and restored economic sanctions on the country in an attempt to pressure major oil customers to stop buying Iranian crude. Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran agreed at the UN on Monday to keep working to maintain trade despite the new sanctions. After the UN meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed Iran’s “strict compliance” with the terms of the deal.“The Russian side has reiterated absolute support for the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action],” it said Monday, calling it ”an integral part of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and international security.”In a joint statement after the meeting, the remaining parties to the Iran deal said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue … [Read more...] about Russia Voices ‘Unconditional’ Support for Iran Nuclear Deal
Sofia. Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November, Reuters reports. Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran will gather in New York at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday (0000 GMT Tuesday) to grapple with U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 8 decision to withdraw from the deal and restore the full force of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Their delicate, and perhaps unrealistic, task is to build a case for Tehran to respect the deal’s limits on its nuclear program even though Washington has pulled out, depriving Iran of many of the economic benefits it was promised. SPONSORED Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “needs arguments to defend the deal in the face of the radicals. He needs us to give him ammunition,” said a senior European diplomat, referring to … [Read more...] about Reuters: Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive
Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 12:41 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said it foiled political influence campaigns originating out of Iran and Russia that targeted U.S. users and users in other countries ahead of the midterm elections. This marked the first time another nation-state actor, Iran, was implicated in a campaign which mimicked previous Kremlin-linked efforts to stir political discord around hot-button social issues. The social media giant says it has not found a connection between the campaigns. Facebook started investigating coordinated activity by a network of Facebook pages after being alerted by a cybersecurity firm FireEye. The investigation uncovered additional accounts and pages. In all, Facebook says it has removed 652 pages, groups and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior." Through the investigation, Facebook said it linked the network to Iranian state media using website … [Read more...] about Facebook foils political influence campaigns originating in Iran, Russia ahead of U.S. midterms