By Iran Probe Staff
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
On Tuesday, May 8, US President Donald Trump left the nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.
In his speech, he said: "The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons. Therefore, I am announcing today, that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting at the highest level of economic sanction, any country that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States."
"Finally I want to deliver a message to the long suffering people of Iran. The people of America stand with you. It has now been almost 40 years since this dictatorship seized power and took a proud nation hostage. Most of Iran’s 80 million citizens have sadly never known an Iran that prospered in peace with its neighbors and commanded the admiration of the world. But the future of Iran belongs to its people. They are the rightful heirs to a rich culture and an ancient land, and they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams, honor to their history and glory to god," he added in another part of his speech.
McConnell Statement on Iran Deal
The United States Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, said in a statement:
"Iran’s malign behavior across the broader Middle East—support to proxies such as Shia militias within Iraq, Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen, and militias inside of Syria, use of cyber-attacks, support for terrorism, and pursuit of an advanced ballistic missile program—must all be addressed in a wider regional effort."
“Our European partners now have an opportunity to come back to the table with Secretary Pompeo and negotiate the best terms to create either a better agreement, or a maximum pressure campaign against Iran,” the statement added.
Statement by Nikki Haley, US Mission to the UN
"The President absolutely made the right decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. This was a terrible deal that only allowed Iran's bad international conduct to worsen. We must never allow Iran to get nuclear weapons, and we must resist their support for terrorism that continues to threaten America and our allies."
Statement by Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo issued a statement on Twitter:
"As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian threat… Our effort is broader than just the nuclear threat and we will be working together with partners to eliminate the threat of Iran's ballistic missile program; to stop its terrorist activities worldwide; and to block its menacing activity across the Middle East and beyond."
The position of the Iranian regime
Following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), mullahs’ president Hassan Rouhani said Iran will remain devoted to the JCPOA despite the US exit.
“If we can achieve all measures desired by the Iranian nation with the remaining 5 countries, we will stay in the JCPOA. But if we couldn't, we will talk to our people and decide afterwards,” Rouhani said. “For now, the agreement is between Iran and five other countries," said Rouhani.
The position of Arab countries
Several Arab countries welcomed the United State government’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose sanctions on the Iranian regime.
Saudi Arabia: The Iranian regime used the economic benefits resulting from the lifting of sanctions to further destabilize the region.
United Arabic Emirates also welcomed the U.S. decision to step away from the deal. According to Al-Akhbariah news agency: The UAE approved the U.S. President’s decision to exit the nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.
The government of Bahrain, in a statement, declared its full support for the decision made by the U.S. government to exit the nuclear deal and to put an end to the Iranian regime’s policies pertaining to the export of terrorism in the region.
France, Germany and United Kingdom
President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter, "France, Germany and the UK regret the US decision to leave the JCPOA."
France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the Iranian nuclear deal is "not dead" despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw.