Trump's decision to exit nuclear deal amplifies widespread anger in Iran

Iranians burn a US flag during a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to walk out of a 2015 nuclear deal in Tehran Iran May 11

Iranians burn a US flag during a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to walk out of a 2015 nuclear deal in Tehran Iran May 11

After the President threatened foreign firms that continue trading with Iran with "strong sanctions", Trump's national security adviser John Bolton told American TV he thought the United Kingdom and France would follow suit and ditch the 2015 deal. While Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal might be meant to show Kim Jong Un that the US president follows through with his threats, it may also reinforce fears that Washington's negotiations can not be taken seriously - and that Pyongyang still needs its nuclear deterrent to ensure its survival.

French exports to Iran doubled to 1.5 billion euros ($1.79 billion) past year, driven by sales of aircraft and automobile parts, according to customs data. The bulk of the exports - €70 million - comprised office machines and data-processing equipment, but there were also significant exports of medical and pharmaceutical equipment, and dairy produce. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

The United States has threatened to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran, as the remaining participants in the Iran nuclear accord stiffened their resolve to keep that agreement operational. "Indeed I would argue that they thought they could act with impunity", he added. Despite all this, Trump's decision to pull out of the deal would send wrong signals to rest of the world, and especially to North Korea, who could now be expected not to trust the United States when it comes to signing a nuclear deal.

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"Therefore, our talks would also discuss the issue of how to make it possible to continue trade with Iran", he said. "It would not stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons".

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier that Europe should not accept that the the "world's economic policeman", or become the USA "vassals" that "obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants;" Rather, Le Maire asked, "or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?". "They will never abandon the USA for us", said Poormoslem, a housewife at the rally. "It's clear that for that we have to maintain economic incentives, and that would not be easy after the USA decision" he said.

"The two leaders looked forward to the summit which will take place between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore", the spokesman said.

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In an interview with ZDF public television, Altmaier noted the United States had set a 90-day deadline for foreign firms to comply with the return of sanctions and that this period could be used to convince Washington to change course.

"I think at the moment there's some feeling in Europe - they're really surprised we got out of it, really surprised at the reimposition of strict sanctions. I think that will sink in; we'll see what happens then", Bolton said.

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