US, Iran talk tough over fate of nuclear deal

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In a message aimed at President Donald Trump and the United States, Iran's foreign minister released a video statement saying that Iran will not "renegotiate or add onto" the nuclear deal it signed with the world powers in 2015.

The European signatories to the deal have been trying to persuade Trump to save the pact, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama. Whatever Trump and his more hawkish advisers might say, this is still a good deal.

Since intervening in the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Russian Federation has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks on suspected arms transfers and deployments by his Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

Trump wants worldwide inspectors to have greater and faster access to potential nuclear sites in Iran, including those suspected to be housed in its military facilities; an end to its ballistic missile work, which it says is inextricably tied to the delivery of nuclear warheads; a permanent extension of limits on Iran's enrichment of fissile material, which now sunsets within a decade; and a comprehensive policy addressing Tehran's military posture across the Middle East.

"We have no intention of meddling in Syria's internal affairs". Paragraph 3 explicitly forbids Iran from "undertak [ing] any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology".

Netanyahu presents material on Iran's purported nuclear program on April 30. But Iran has also discussed salvaging the deal. They're not going to be restarting anything. Iran's belligerence in the region - its meddling overseas, in particular in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, was not addressed. The report says two US officials believe that the shipments are intended for Iranian ground forces that would attack Israel. Washington's demand for an indefinite extension of limits on Iran's nuclear activities is a non-starter.




There is a chance Trump might choose to keep the United States in the worldwide pact under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief, in part because of "alliance maintenance" with France and to save face for French President Emmanuel Macron, who met Trump last week and urged him to stay in, the source said.

Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Israel to immediately hand over intelligence to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) related to Iran continuing its nuclear program and violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Fordo is one of two facilities used by the Iranians to enrich uranium, which is part of the process of constructing nuclear weapons.

"An unraveling of the nuclear deal would really render President Rouhani a lame duck, and strengthen the Revolutionary Guard, who I would argue have already been strengthened the last two years", noted Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. While anything can happen inside a White House fueled by chaos, there is no plausible scenario under which the Iran deal survives May 12.

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