Trump Says US to Quit Iran Deal if Significant Changes Not Made

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump has renewed the national emergency with respect to Iran for one more year, beyond March 15, 2018 according to a Presidential statement dated March 12.

A top USA general signaled support for the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, saying it played an important role in addressing Tehran's weapons program.

Israeli officials said that they believe Trump is serious in his threat to withdraw from the deal by mid- May unless these three European governments - the "E3" - demonstrate their willingness to renegotiate on these points. While the claims were made anonymously, The White House and Israeli officials did not refute Axios reporting when asked for comment.

"If the same policy of confusion and uncertainties about the JCPOA continues, if companies and banks are not working with Iran, we can not remain in a deal that has no benefit for us", Araqchi threatened. "Israel is not a party to the talks directly but is updated on their contents".

In the past two months, the four nations have held two talks. A third round is expected this Thursday in Berlin.

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Trump hosted Netanyahu and his wife at the White House on Monday.

In his speech, Pence echoed Trump's description of the deal as "disastrous". But make no mistake about it: This is their last chance.

"If the Europeans and others manage to keep the deal in place without triggering a major transatlantic rift, the door would be left open for the United States to re-join the agreement at a future time".

Republicans in Congress have tried to sabotage the deal by passing sanctions against the country's ballistic missile program, as well as sanctions meant to stifle financing of Iran proxy Hezbollah. It lifts sanctions placed on Iran in exchange for Iran abandoning its nuclear weapon ambitions. Please donate or subscribe to help fund independent journalism for the Iranian Diaspora.

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