United Nations chief warns against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

04 May, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Blasts were reported in the Hama countryside on Sunday night

Mr Guterres called on the United States leader not to withdraw from the deal, saying that it risked a real possibility of war if the agreement was not maintained.

It obliges Iran to limit its uranium enrichment activities in exchange for the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions by the U.S., European Union and the UN Security Council.

"I don't know what the USA president will decide on May 12", Macron said during a visit to Sydney.

"I believe the JCPOA was an important diplomatic victory, and I think it will be important to preserve it".

"We should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative", he said. Iran is brazenly lying when it said it never had a nuclear weapons programme.

Haaretz said the "information provided by the prime minister...in an unnecessary stage show, was largely recycled and meant to persuade the United States and European countries to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran". Netanyahu did not allege that the program has been active since the deal began but said the documents proved the deal was "based on lies".

The three European countries that signed the agreement, Britain, France and Germany, have repeatedly tried to persuade Trump not to withdraw.

In a statement published on Thursday on his YouTube channel, Zarif once again lambasted the United States for shaking the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


Trump gave Britain, France and Germany a May 12 deadline to fix what he views as the deal's flaws - its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program, the terms by which inspectors visit suspect Iranian sites, and "sunset" clauses under which some of its terms expire - or he will reimpose US sanctions. Iran maintained that it had only been pursuing nuclear energy.

Unlike French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows how to appeal to President Donald Trump. "That's why Israeli security experts are speaking out".

The project, he said, had the explicit goal of producing five warheads, each with the yield of 10 kilotonnes of TNT. He said that while Iran has consistently been shown to uphold the agreement, the USA has repeatedly violated it.

Mr Trump has frequently voiced his opposition to the "insane" deal, which he has described as the "worst ever".

In January, Trump extended sanctions relief on Iran under the deal for the last time, threatening to withdraw from it if the US Congress and his European allies can not fix the alleged "disastrous flaws".

"And second, those billions of dollars have also propped up a despotic regime and provided vast resources for ongoing ballistic missile tests created to enable Iran to launch a nuclear weapon on the American homeland", he added. "Leaving the JCPOA will harm the peace and security of the Middle East region", he further said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has questioned the legitimacy of efforts by the U.S. and France to change the nuclear deal with his country. In light of this, he said, the U.S.

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