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World Reacts After Trump Pulls US out of JCPOA

US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal drew opposing reactions from world leaders.

US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal drew opposing reactions from world leaders.

Russia, which also helped negotiate the Iran deal, said it was “deeply disappointed” by Trump’s unilateral decision.

Russia has said it is “deeply disappointed” by Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it was “extremely concerned” that the US was acting in its own “narrow” and “opportunistic” interests and “grossly violating the norms of international law”.

It added: “Washington’s actions undermine international confidence in the International Atomic Energy Agency. The decisions are a new confirmation of Washington’s incompetence.”

The ministry said it was open to discussion with other members of the Iran deal.

The United Kingdom and France, both signatories to the Iran accord, said they remained committed to working together to uphold the deal.
In a joint statement provided by British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office, France, the UK and Germany requested the US not obstruct other nations as they attempt to implement the deal and urged Iran to “show restraint” and continue fulfilling its own obligations.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who had tried to pursuade Trump to remain in the deal, tweeted his disappointment and resolve: “France, Germany and the UK regret the US decision to leave the JCPOA. We will work collectively on a broader framework, covering nuclear activity, the post-2025 period, ballistic activity and stability in the Middle East, notably Syria, Yemen and Iraq.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany would not abandon the Iran deal, despite Trump’s decision. The German government will continue to support the “important accord” that improves security in both the Middle East and the world, he told public broadcaster ARD.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, who helps supervise the way Iran and the six world powers implement the deal and settle any disputes, said in a Tuesday press statement that the deal “is not in the hands of a single country.”

“The European Union is determined to act in accordance with its security interests and to protect its economic investments,” she said.

Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned Donald Trump’s decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal as “misguided” joining a throng of other outspoken Democratic critics – even as many Republicans praised the move.

The former president, for whom the landmark 2015 accord was a signature foreign policy accomplishment, issued a lengthy written statement shortly after Trump announced the US would break with the (JCPOA) despite the urging of European allies and some of his own advisers.
“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,” Obama said.

“I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake,” Obama said. “The United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East.”

Trump announced his decision regarding the Iran deal that according to a poll carried out by CNN news service, 63% of Americans believe that their country should remain in the accord and 29% say their country should withdraw from the accord.

In all, Trump withdrew from the deal and the world needs to wait for the upcoming consequences of the White-House decision.

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