Iran deal "not dead", says France; Macron to contact Rouhani

Iran deal

President Trump pulled out of what he called the "defective" Iran nuclear deal, citing evidence Iran has continued to work on its weapons program, and offering to negotiate a new agreement as Iran's president threatened to resume uranium enrichment and cut a separate deal with other nations.

The nuclear deal struck with Iran three years ago was far from ideal, but President Donald Trump's decision to abrogate it over the opposition of our European allies and without a clear strategy for replacing it is reckless and, most likely, self-defeating. They called on Washington not to take steps that would prevent other countries from upholding it.

Before worldwide sanctions were lifted following the nuclear deal in late 2015, Iran's crude exports stood at just one million barrels per day, mostly to Asia and European countries.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed by the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain with Iran in 2015. Several GOP lawmakers also questioned Trump's decision.

Appearing on Fox and Friends, which Mr Trump watches, he said: "If you do that (ditch the deal) you have to answer the question what next?" That's why I hope some form of deal does remains, because we're better off with one than with the absence of one. It added, "The United States is undermining global trust in the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency".

New US sanctions on Iran's energy, manufacturing and financial sectors will make it more hard for the country to sell its oil overseas or use the worldwide banking system.

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Obama Era deal will have a sizable effect on worldwide affairs.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, said his country would stay in the deal for the time being but was prepared to begin enriching uranium if it falls apart.

The three countries encouraged Iran to "show restraint in response to the decision by the US" and to "meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements".

Obama, whose administration led the multilateral negotiations of the deal, said that putting the Iran deal at risk without any reported Iranian violation ia "a serious mistake".

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He said Iran was complying with the JCPOA and it was simply not the view of his administration, but the USA intelligence community found that Iran is meeting its responsibilities under the deal and also reported to Congress.

"They will blame Rouhani".

However the official did not know if the Europeans had done enough to convince Mr Trump to remain in the deal.

Iranian state television said on Tuesday that Trump's decision to withdraw was "illegal, illegitimate and undermines worldwide agreements".

The deal was "a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in praising Trump's decision.

Trump's move drew mixed reactions on Capitol Hill.

Such a solution, he said, would include efforts to eliminate the threat from Iran's ballistic missile program, stop its "terrorist activities" worldwide, and block its "menacing" activity across the region.

The 2015 accord "is delivering on its goal which is guaranteeing that Iran doesn't develop nuclear weapons, the European Union is determined to preserve it", Mogherini said.

However, in the last three years, since the sanctions on Tehran were lifted by former USA president Barack Obama, India's crude oil imports from Iran have almost doubled.

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