Trump dumps Iran nuclear accord

This news is just breaking – as predicted Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord.

Trump has strongly criticised Iran at the announcement, which is likely to make any new deal somewhat challenging.

He said that it was certain what would happen if the US remained in the accord – that’s nonsense – but it is now far from certain what will happen with Iran and the Middle East.

Snippets from Twitter:

Trump announces the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

“The Iran deal is defective at its core.”

“At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction” – calls Iran a “murderous regime”.

“The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror.”

“Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also face sanctions from the US.”

Trump says U.S. will institute the ‘highest level’ of sanctions on Iran; says other countries could also be sanctioned by U.S.

Trump calls deal a “great embarrassment to me” and to all citizens of the US. “Horrible one-sided deal that should never, ever have been made”. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will”

US will work with allies “to find comprehensive and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat…in the meantime powerful sanctions will go into full effect”. Iran will have “bigger problems than it has ever had before” if it continues to develop nuclear programme.

Israeli PM Netanyahu calls Trump’s decision on Iranian nuclear deal ‘brave and correct’.

“The future of Iran belongs to its people.”

US to institute the “highest level” of sanctions against Iran

Trump says he is ready, willing and able to negotiate a new deal with Iran when it is ready.

Earlier from Stuff: Trump ‘decides to exit nuclear accord with Iran’

US President Donald Trump plans to follow through on his campaign threat to pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, according to two people familiar with his thinking, dealing a profound blow to US allies and potentially deepening the president’s isolation on the world stage.

Administration officials began informing congressional leaders about Trump’s plans on Tuesday. One person briefed on the talks characterised the president’s position as similar to his stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – that he would pull out but remain open to the possibility of renegotiating a better deal.

That sounds fairly typical of Trump – dumping deals he doesn’t like and trying to negotiate better ones. This is despite recommendations that he work to improve the current deal.

The agreement, struck in 2015 by the United States, other world powers and Iran, lifted most US and international sanctions against the country. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear programme making it impossible to produce a bomb, along with rigorous inspections.

If the deal collapses, Iran would be free to resume prohibited enrichment activities, while businesses and banks doing business with Iran would have to scramble to extricate themselves or run afoul of the US American officials were dusting off plans for how to sell a pullout to the public and explain its complex financial ramifications, said US officials and others, who weren’t authorised to speak ahead of an announcement and requested anonymity.

Trump is following a riskier, more chaotic path. And he has played the announcement for maximum attention.

Trump has a growing record of dumping international agreements he doesn’t like.

Iranian state TV says Trump decision on nuclear deal is illegal, illegitimate and undermines international agreements.

U.S. Treasury will begin process of implementing 90- and 180-day wind-down periods for activities involving Iran, then applicable sanctions will be reinstated.

It has been pointed it on 1 News that this was always Trump’s plan A, but apart from re-imposing sanctions despite concerns of many other countries Trump has given no indication of a plan B.

Winston Peters in 1 News now saying that this is a very very concerning development.

The initial reaction of Wall Street is negative, but it will take time for the markets to settle down post withdrawal.

Radical interests in Iran also opposed the deal, so they may be strengthened by the US pull out.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany have put out a joint statement assuring a commitment to continuing negotiations with Iran.

Former NATO commander:

Reuters: Former President Obama calls Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal ‘misguided’ and a ‘serious mistake’

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29 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 9, 2018

    Just watched his speech live on AlJazeera. has sat down & signed an executive order imposing “the highest level of economic sanctions” on Iran & threatened the same for any country that helps them. He referred to the laughable announcement last week by Netanyahoo of old pre-agreement known information on the Iranian nuclear programme as proof that Iran is actively working to produce a bomb. Said they have evidence of Iranian non-compliance with the agreement when the ISEA and other countries have confirmed there has been total compliance. So, pretty clear he’s still prepared to tell bare-faced lies, & whose agenda he’s running I think.

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  2. David

     /  May 9, 2018

    Good, it was a terrible deal. They were allowed to carry on enriching uranium to a level, allowed to develop medium range ballistic missiles and handed billion and billions in cash which it has used to fund terrorism throughout the region….and this was done when the sanctions were killing them just so bloody Obama could have a legacy.
    The Europeans just dont want to deal with it especially as they are enjoying a great export trade with the regime.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 9, 2018

      No they’re just honouring a deal Iran has kept & America has dishonoured.

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  3. David

     /  May 9, 2018

    He did leave a huge open door for the Iranians to come back to the table and stop its shenanigans and he pointed out it was the regime and not the lovely Iranian people.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 9, 2018

      Their leadership has made it repeatedly clear it was not their intention to produce a nuclear bomb: that it is un-islamic, ever since the deal was signed. It is the people of Iran who are being punished for so-called breaches which are actually proveable lies by Trump & Netanyahoo. Easy to sell that America lies and hates the Iranian people.

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      • David

         /  May 9, 2018

        Sponsoring terrorism throughout the region is probably un islamic too but what the hell. If you incredibly believe that their nuclear program was for research and medical purposes only why did they nearly cripple their country under sanctions despite being offered “safe” uranium supplies from Russia.
        Why would there have been a deal in the first place if it wasnt to stop them enriching uranium to a level higher than needed for anything but a bomb. Why would they do the enriching underneath a bloody great big bomb proof mountain despite being a seismically exciting country.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 9, 2018

          Because nuclear-armed Israel keeps threatening to attack them (& actually attacking them). Trump is running Netanyahoo’s agenda David. And both are lying that the Iranians have been breaching the deal. So if he’s prepared to tell lies about this, how much else is lies?

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          • David

             /  May 9, 2018

            Hang on I thought it was un islamic to tool up, not everything is Israels fault and the world is not run by shadowy jews pulling strings…despite Al Jaz,s claims.

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            • Gezza

               /  May 9, 2018

              Aljaz is just reporting the news both Trump’s statements & those of others & analysing the facts. There’s commentary on both the US & Iranian positions. If you don’t watch it you’re not in a position to make judgements about it, are you? And you’re a hopeless Trumpophile so how balanced are you? No comment on his lies about their non-compliance, for example.

            • David

               /  May 9, 2018

              Pulling out of the deal was because it was a terrible deal, according to many, because it didnt achieve a great amount. Trump always said it was a shocker and either it was re negotiated or he would pull out, none of the other signatories could be arsed re negotiating so he pulled out.
              Compliance with a deal that was rubbish could well be 100% but if the deal is not fit for purpose and isnt stopping Iran sponsoring terrorism throughout the region and still spinning its centrifuges to 20% while developing and testing mid range missiles.

            • Gezza

               /  May 9, 2018

              So he can tell lies, that’s ok with you. So he can arm Saudi Arabia so they can murder Yemenis, and that’s ok? So you don’t mind him being a hypocrite & a liar?

            • Gezza

               /  May 9, 2018

              the world is not run by shadowy jews pulling strings

              Of course it bloody isn’t & that has never been their position. Don’t be a total plonker.

            • David

               /  May 9, 2018

              If the Iranians hadnt backed the Yemeni rebels as a way of giving the Saudi,s a black eye none of this would have happened. Once again they backed islamic terrorists active in Yemen to have a crack at Sunni,s.
              Your argument now is the Jews made him pull out of the deal so the US and Iranian defense contractors can sell more weapons to the Saudis that they can lob at Iranian backed rebels in Yemen.

            • Gezza

               /  May 9, 2018

              Still waiting for the reason why you accept Trump’s lying about the Iranians breaching the nuclear deal.

            • Blazer

               /  May 9, 2018

              as you know who doesn’t run it…can you enlighten me as to…who does…

    • artcroft

       /  May 9, 2018

      Even The American Conservative journal opposed Trump on this. When he’s built the wall, re-pealed and replaced Obamacare with something “so much better” and actually de-nuclearized NK rather than just sit for a photo op with another madman; then we can say Trump knows what he is doing. Until then this is just about Trump being an attention seeking moron.

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  4. While it is debatable as to the level of nuclear risks since the Iranian agreement was reached there has been no nuclear wars since then.

    Does this reduce or increase the risks? I don’t think we can know that for some time.

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  5. David

     /  May 9, 2018

    At least CNN (on at the gym) will have something other than Stormy and her lawyer on for a short while.

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  7. Blazer

     /  May 9, 2018

    The only countries that should be allowed nuclear weapons are the ‘good guys’,because they are trustworthy,responsible and do not have an agenda.
    The ‘bad guys’ are however,evil,nasty,sub humans who think that they can escape the influence of freedom and democracy.
    Sanctions will…learn em.

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  9. Corky

     /  May 9, 2018

    ” Death to America.” State sponsored terrorism. Threatening Israel. Seems President Trumpy is the only western leader who sees Iran writing on the wall in uppercase.

    There’s no doubt Trumps decision may have serious repercussions on a number of fronts. But it’s better to deal with an Islamic nut case in their own back yard rather than ours.

    Another decisive decision from Trump.

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  10. Joe Bloggs

     /  May 9, 2018

    Another astonishingly stupid and spiteful policy change for Murikkka.

    Trump claimed in his speech that Iran is cheating on the deal, but his own intelligence directors have said there is no evidence of this claim whatsoever.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has certified Iran’s compliance 10 times since the deal was signed.

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified to a Senate committee last month that, after reading the 140-page agreement three times, he was struck by how “robust” the deal’s verification provisions were.

    So trump and his hawks (Netanyahu, Pompeo, and Bolton) are setting up the dominoes for a regime change in Iran, by wrecking one of the most successful arms-control deals in modern history, destroying any possible leverage to negotiate a new one, further disrupting unity with Murikkka’s allies, further damaging Murikkkan credibility, strengthening hard-line factions in Iran, exacerbating instability in the Middle East, and boosting the chance of war – quite the deal-maker.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 9, 2018

      It ‘s not entirely his fault. Bibi’s exploiting his vanity & ignorance & no doubt working thru Ivanka & Jared.

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    • David

       /  May 9, 2018

      “one of the most successful arms-control deals in modern history”

      Completely comical claim.

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  11. Zedd

     /  May 9, 2018

    ‘mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb…’
    I actually think this is like everything else Mr T does, either bloody minded anti-obama or just total self interest.. deals going on in the background 😦

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  12. phantom snowflake

     /  May 9, 2018

    With tensions starting to decrease between the U.S. and North Korea, Trump has elevated Iran to the position of “Supreme Bad Guy” as a replacement.

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