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World leaders react to Trump’s decision over Iran deal withdrawal

May 9, The Iran Project – Several international organizations, foreign countries, the European states in particular, have reacted to US President Donald Trump’s move to pull out from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The top foreign officials including High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov, Former US President Barack Obama, German FM Heiko Maas, Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Hillary Clinton, the candidate for US 2016 presidential election, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Kofi Annan, Chair of the Elders and former UN Secretary-General, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in separate remarks censured the move, calling the decision as a mistake.

Mogherini expressed regret over US decision saying the European Union is to comply with the full implementation of the deal.

The UK, France and Germany also issued a joint statement criticizing Trump’s decision.

They said, “It is with regret and concern that we, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the JCPOA”.

“We recall that the JCPOA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear program.

Macron also in a message on Twitter expressed France, UK and Germany’s regrets over US President recent anti-JCPOA act.

Meanwhile, Gentiloni in a message emphasized the need to keep alive Iran nuclear deal.

Chizhov reiterated Iran nuclear deal will stay in place, regardless of Trump’s position, but there will be problems with its implementation.

In addition, Obama in a statement said Trump’s decision to walking away from Iran Deal was a mistake.

“That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated,” the statement reads.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed Germany “will try to keep alive this important agreement, which ensures the Middle East and the world as a whole are safer.”

Norwegian Foreign Ministry in a Twitter wrote: FM Eriksen Soreide regrets the US decision to leave the JCPOA. Worried about the consequences. Urge Iran and other parties to remain in the JCPOA.”

“JCPOA is an arms control measure that works. Need to analyze President Trump’s decision. All sides should refrain from steps that could further destabilize the Middle East,” Kneissl wrote on her Twitter account.

In a meanwhile, Tusk said in a Twitter message “Policies of Donald Trump on Iran Deal and trade will meet a united European approach. EU leaders will tackle both issues at the summit in Sofia next week.”

“The deal is not dead. There’s an American withdrawal from the deal but the deal is still there,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio.

Meanwhile, Clinton said that US walking away from JCPOA was a big mistake.

“The Secretary General is deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and will begin reinstating US sanctions,” said Dujarric, according to UN secretary general’s spokesperson at a press briefing in New York City.

Annan also called for all parties to stay committed to Iran nuclear deal.

Johnson wrote on his Twitter account that:” Deeply regret US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. UK remains strongly committed to the JCPOA, and will work with E3 partners and the other parties to the deal to maintain it. Await more detail on US plan,” Michel denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, saying that he will drive Middle East to instability.

The 2015 agreement, worked out by the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, China and Iran, lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program.

Trump said Tuesday that he would reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.