Trump Kills US Involvement in Iran Deal

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Iranian lawmakers shouted "Death to America!" and burned the United States flag Wednesday, just hours after President Trump announced he was withdrawing from the nuclear deal championed and agreed to by former President Barack Obama's administration.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India was closely monitoring the situation arising out of Trump's announcement to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. President Hassan Rouhani has changed his tone and vowed that his country would continue to stick to the deal despite America's withdrawal. It was a better-than-nothing deal that bought time in the hopes that the lifting of sanctions would benefit the people of Iran and make them more amenable to the West.

Trump last waived these sanctions on January 12, according to an official statement released by the White House. The White House subsequently issued a Presidential Memorandum, Ceasing U.S. Participation in the JCPOA and Taking Additional Action to Counter Iran's Malign Influence and Deny Iran All Paths to a Nuclear Weapon, outlining the next steps it expects to take, particularly with regard to sanctions.

I was skeptical about Mr. Trump's approach to North Korea (another country with nuclear ambitions), and - perhaps - I was wrong.

Some optimism exists for the future of the deal.

These concerns are shared by the Iranian government, as illustrated in an NPR interview with Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister.

"Now that the Trump administration has left the JCPOA, the responsibility falls on them to describe how they in Washington will build a new negotiated solution to our shared concerns", he told parliament". "'Whatever I gave you, I want back, '" Zarif said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is talking with Pyongyang to prepare for Trump's meeting with dictator Kim Jong Un.

Mr Trump also pointed to Iran's actions in countries including Syria and Yemen.

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Netanyahu last week unveiled documents showing that Iran had before the 2015 deal hidden the breadth of its nuclear weapons development.

The Kremlin said: "They emphasised the importance in principle of the JCPOA for worldwide and regional security, as well as for global nonproliferation".

In the worst case scenario, Iran would retaliate by restarting to enrich even more uranium and pulling out of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons altogether.

Some students disagree. Gideon Miles, a junior studying political science, said he is fine with countries having nuclear power. "There is no one who will realistically choose Iran over the United States", said energy consultancy FGE. He also challenged Trump over his announcement -and knocked his presidential powers - by saying "you can not do a damn thing".

He said foreign companies which have signed contracts with, or invested in Iran should clearly announce their decisions on how they are going to deal with Washington's pullout from the JCPOA.

Warner noted that US allies like France and Germany have strongly encouraged the U.S.to stay in the agreement.

Trump said, on May 8, that Iran is close to making a nuclear bomb.

Richard Johnson, acting assistant coordinator in the agency's Office of Iran Nuclear Implementation, stepped down this week, according to Foreign Policy. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran.

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