World leaders react to Trump decision on Iran deal

NEWS 08.05.2018 21:34
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Source: STEPHANIE KEITH / REUTERS

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US failed to live up to its international commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal.

Rouhani, speaking in a live television address from Tehran, added that the agreement was not a bilateral agreement between the United States and Iran, but rather a multilateral international agreement endorsed by the UN Security Council.

He said Iran will take a few weeks to decide how to respond to the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal.

Rouhani added that with the US withdrawal, the agreement now existed between Iran and five other countries. He concluded Iran would abide by its commitments while it consults with the other signatories to the JPCOA. Rouhani also accused Trump of conducting psychological warfare against the Iranian people and said Iran would not allow him to triumph in exerting economic pressure on the country.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May said she “regrets” the US withdrawal from the Iran deal in a joint statement with the UK, Germany, and France.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: ” The Prime Minister held a joint telephone call with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this evening, where they discussed the US President’s announcement and agreed their continuing commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.” 

Russia is “disappointed” in US President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal, Dmitry Polyansky, a deputy Russian ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters today.

When asked if Russia will call a UN Security Council meeting regarding the US decision, he said, “all the options are on the table.”