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Germany, UK vow to keep Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. withdrawal

12 May 2018
Germany, UK vow to keep Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. withdrawal

Trump had roundly criticized the agreement in 2016 during his electoral campaign, calling it the "worst deal" he had ever seen.

The decision to withdraw from the pact and restart economic sanctions on Iran could strain the global oil market. In a fiery speech in the Iranian capital, he later added: "The body of this man, Trump, will turn to ashes and become the food of the worms and ants while the Islamic Republic continues to stand".

Trudeau also stressed Canada is firmly aligned with most countries, including other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in supporting the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

When asked will China continue from buying oil and other goods from Iran after the withdrawal of the USA from the Iranian nuclear deal, he said China and Iran had always maintained normal economic and trade exchanges.

"We must talk about Iran's impressive ballistic missiles".

And while the USA itself is not a major customer, foreign companies and other countries that continue to deal with Iran after the wind-down periods will face U.S. sanctions if they fail to reduce or end their trade. "If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen". While Iranian officials, including the parliament speaker, say they hope Europe will work with them to preserve the deal, many are pessimistic. He went on: "He had maybe more than 10 lies in his comments".

He added, however, that it was too early to reply to Trump's actions without seeing first in what direction the things will develop. That would result only in the United States becoming further isolated and estranged from longstanding allies.

It also further isolates Trump on the global stage, where he has angered even the staunchest United States allies by reneging on U.S. commitments to the Paris climate accord and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

"I think Iran is bringing us closer to war with its belligerent activity in Syria, etc", said Bolton.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed "deep concern over [Trump's] decision and once more stressed the importance of this document", while France and China also voiced continued support.

In addition, Larijani said, "Europe and important countries like Russian Federation and China" could fill the "vacuum" and help the deal continue.

"The deal is not dead".

He said at the time that some deal was better than no deal.

Trump has pulled out of the 2015 pact and reinstated United States sanctions because he does not believe that the agreement prevents Iran from getting atomic weapons. The Asian power said it will safeguard the deal and called on all relevant parties to assume a responsible attitude.