Trump's Push to Ax the Iran Nuclear Deal May Alienate Allies
19 September, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Brenda Erickson
"It's a deal that should not have ever been made".
Earlier in the day, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lambasted the USA for violating the JCPOA, warning that any "wrong move" concerning the nuclear deal would draw reaction from Iran.
During his stay in America, the Iranian President plans to meet world leaders and possibly discuss with them the JCPOA and the U.S. stance, the Iranian TV reported. "Every wrong step by the aggressive regime [the US] regarding the nuclear deal will be met with a response from the Islamic Republic".
The criticisms were lobbed at a critical moment for the Iran deal, which eased economic sanctions in return for Iran agreeing to restrictions on its nuclear program.
In short, Iran had violated the agreement in the first month and it continued to manipulate it under the pretext of "the spirit of the agreement". The U.S. would no longer be trusted by its partners to collaborate on addressing even the most basic concerns regarding Iran, not to mention other worldwide challenges.
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Opponents of the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)-both within and outside the US administration-are setting the ground for President Trump not to certify Iran's compliance with the deal in October. And you will see what we'll be doing in October. "We would not have a problem with that", Iranian media outlets quoted Rouhani as saying.
"The Islamic Republic does not have any undeclared nuclear activities in any part of its geographical areas", said Shamkhani, stressing that this has been proved in inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring the technical aspect of the JCPOA's implementation.
It comes after United States president Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran was violating "the spirit" of the 2015 deal under which it gained sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear programme.
Washington accuses it of funding and exporting extremism across the Middle East, fostering instability in the region in order to boost what has been termed as its "Shiite Crescent".
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is "not (re) negotiable", saying that "a "better" deal is pure fantasy".
Calling the US approach to the nuclear deal "totally oppressive hounding & cruel" in one tweet, Khamenei accused "corrupt, lying USA officials" of hypocrisy. In addition to the credit line, the Export-Import Bank of China committed to a further $10 billion in loans, while the China Development Bank signed preliminary deals with Iran for $15 billion in infrastructure and production projects, Seif announced.
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