Published On: Tue, Apr 24th, 2018

Trump warns: ‘Iran will pay if it restarts nuclear program’

 

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US President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday  that if the Iranians “restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before.”

Trump issued his warning at a joint news conference, alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House, as he and French President Emmanuel Macron have found common ground on the multinational nuclear agreement, as well as the war in Syria and trade issues.

 

 

Trump repeated his words: “You can mark it down, if they restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before. Iran will pay if it restarts nuclear program.”

 

“We made this terrible deal but we’re going to discuss it,” he said while calling the agreement “insane” and “ridiculous”.

Macron told reporters that he and Trump would look at the Iran deal “in a wider regional context,” taking into account the situation in Syria. “We have a common objective, we want to make sure there’s no escalation and no nuclear proliferation in the region. We now need to find the right path forward,” Macron said.

Trump appeared to be more in line with Macron regarding a longer presence in Syria after Trump announced weeks ago that he would withdraw American troops. “We’ll be coming home,” Trump said, “but we want to leave a strong and lasting footprint.”

For all their friendship, Macron and Trump disagree on some fundamental issues, including the multinational nuclear deal, which is aimed at restricting Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.

Trump, skeptical of the pact’s effectiveness, has been eager to pull out as a May 12 deadline nears. Macron says he is not satisfied with the situation in Iran and thinks the agreement is imperfect, but he has argued for the US sticking with the deal on the grounds that there is not yet a “Plan B.”

Iran has said it will ramp up its nuclear program if the deal collapses and a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons if Trump scraps the agreement. Tehran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful means.

 

Russia and China seek international support for Iran nuclear deal

Russia’s arms control envoy Vladimir Yermakov told a UN non-proliferation conference in Geneva that the Iran deal, known as the JCPOA, was fragile and any attempt to amend it would affect the global non-proliferation regime.

“We call upon our colleagues in this hall today not to remain silent in hopes that this situation will somehow blow over by itself but rather to take serious steps to preserve the JCPOA,” Yermakov said.

The Chinese-Russian draft text asks states to “confirm their unwavering support for the comprehensive and effective implementation” of the JCPOA, and to recognize its significant contribution to international security.

Yermakov told Reuters he was hopeful of getting the backing of all major states at the end of the two week conference, including Washington’s allies in Europe who have voiced their support for the JCPOA.

He also expected North Korea to give its backing, and said the fate of the Iran deal was a key factor in upcoming talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs.

Shortly after Yermakov, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono took the floor and added his voice to those supporting the JCPOA, saying it contributed to the global non-proliferation regime.

Iran warns Trump it might withdraw from Non-Proliferation Treaty

A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons if US President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015.

The other powers that signed it—Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France—have all said they want to preserve the agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of most international sanctions.

In a news conference broadcast on state television, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was ready for some “surprising actions” if the nuclear deal was scrapped.

Answering a question about the possibility of Tehran withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Shamkhani said: “This is one of three options that we are considering.”

Hassan Rouhani also warned Trump on Tuesday to stay in the nuclear deal or face “severe consequences.”

“I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments the Iranian government will firmly react,” Rouhani said in a speech.

“If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences,” he told a cheering crowd of thousands gathered in the city of Tabriz. “Iran is prepared for all possible situations,” he added.

Reuters Contributed to this report

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