Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if USA walks away

Collapse of nuclear deal could be fateful for Iran

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that if the United States and other world powers insist on trying to change the 2015 nuclear deal, the nation may decide to withdraw altogether.

The three European countries that signed the deal have repeatedly tried to persuade Trump not to abandon it.

"In the past year or so, we've been told that President Trump is unhappy with the deal, and it now appears that the response from some Europeans has been to offer the United States more concessions from our pocket", Zarif said. Whatever Trump and his more hawkish advisers might say, this is still a good deal.

Guterres told the BBC that the Iran agreement was an "important diplomatic victory" and should be maintained.

As Iran and Israel square off in Syria, things could get even more risky.

Britain, France, and Germany remain committed to the accord as is, but now, in efforts to keep Washington in it, want to open talks on Iran's ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 - when key provisions of the deal expire - and its role in Middle East crises such as Syria and Yemen.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Lavrov commented on a recent televised show by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he presented what he called documents on Iran's "secret" nuclear work. Iran may immediately kick-start its nuclear program.

Collapse of nuclear deal could be fateful for Iran
Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if USA walks away

Channel Two noted that according to the nuclear deal with Iran, the Fordo facility's centrifuges must be shut down, it must cease enriching uranium, and its number of centrifuges has to be lowered from 20,000 to 6,000.

However, since taking office, he has been put under pressure from allies in Europe to continue certifying Iran's compliance. But Iran has also discussed salvaging the deal.

The minister also noted Israel's special relations with Russian Federation going back decades, calling them "highly efficient and transparent". As former U.S. president Barack Obama famously stated, the deal "is not based on trust". Iran's belligerence in the region - its meddling overseas, in particular in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, was not addressed.

On Iran's statements that it would like to destroy Israel, Lieberman said, "We expect a clear, categorical response from Russian Federation to Iran's statements and moves".

Iran may feel that retaliatory military action against Israel is not in its interests in the days leading up to Donald Trump's likely withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 12. Former president Barack Obama knew that he would not get the consent from 67 senators so he passed the deal as an "executive agreement". "Washington should find ways to reduce tensions by engaging Iran directly, picking up where the nuclear deal left off", wrote Nasr.

"It will be almost impossible to bring Iran back to the negotiating table with the US for years to come, as its leaders will conclude that there is no point in concluding agreements with the United States", wrote Ilan Goldenberg of the Center for New American Security.

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