Trump threatens 'severe consequences' if Iran resumes nuclear program

Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran

"We have walked away from the JCPOA because we feel that it was inadequate for the long-term effort and this is something that was probably noted by the Senate several years ago when the Senate did not endorse it as a treaty", Mattis said, referring to the deal's official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The sanctions seek to punish Iran for its nuclear program by limiting its ability to sell oil or do business overseas, affecting a wide range of Iranian economic sectors and individuals.

Traditional foes Saudi Arabia and Israel - both US allies - have found common ground as critics of the 2015 deal, which was brokered by Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and the European Union.

As we wrote in this space yesterday upon learning of Trump's decision: "The Iran nuclear deal, another example of Obama's handiwork, was dangerously advantageous to Iran, freeing it from economic sanctions in return for nearly nothing".

Aware hardliners could try to exploit the shift in United States policy, Rouhani quickly said Iran could remain in the pact with other Western powers.

Following Mr Trump's decision, the ball is now in Europe's court; and indications are that the continent's leaders want to try to preserve the deal.

Speaking during a cabinet meeting, the United States president said he is open to negotiating a new deal with Iran, but added: "We're going to make either a really good deal for the world, or we're not going to make a deal at all".

The Iranian dissident community in Canada does not support this. Iran will never attack Israel, directly or indirectly, forget it. In exchange, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rigorous inspections.

That could change if the deal breaks down.

Obama's deal did nothing to stabilize the region.

"Not just in Syria but also in the Gulf and elsewhere".

Andrew Peek, who oversees State Department affairs relating to Iran, spoke the morning after President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the United States from its 2015 agreement with Iran limiting its nuclear program and that he was reviving sanctions on Iran.

Hooshang Amirahmadi: As far as I am concerned, the nuclear deal is dead.

Riyadh, which leads a regional coalition that intervened in Yemen's civil war to fight the Huthis, accuses Iran of supplying the militia with ballistic missiles.

It's a day of reckoning many Israelis believe is inevitable.

Iran has denied ever pursuing nuclear arms.

Mohammed Al-Shaikh, a Saudi writer, called for stirring up "everything that would domestically distract" Iran from harming Saudi security and stability.

But he also dealt a profound blow to allies, deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. Still, Obama's rapprochement with Iran cooled ties between Riyadh and Washington. "Let that struggle play itself out", Lippman added.

Before becoming president, he also represented Khamenei for 25 years at Iran's Supreme National Security Council, which has authorised the suppression of popular unrest, as well as the house arrest of Iranian opposition leaders in 2011.

Bernstein's analysts said there may be as much of a chance for Boeing to profit on an Iran fallout as not. And the Europeans, even when the Americans were in would not deliver on their commitments at least not fully and without America I don't believe Europeans are prepared to work with Iran.

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