Top Lawmaker: Impeachment only option for US President’s decision over Iran’s deal

FNA- Rep. Maxine Waters stressed that impeaching US President Donald Trump is the “only option” for Democrats in the wake of his decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal.

Waters said in a tweet on Wednesday that the Republican President “thinks he knows better” than all the negotiators and major American allies — the UK, France and Germany — who negotiated the deal with Iran under former President Barack Obama.

“Trump, further isolating the United States, thinks he knows better than our negotiators and all of our global allies who agreed to the Iran deal,” Waters tweeted, adding that “how long do we have to suffer his gigantic ego and narcissistic behavior? Impeachment is the only answer”.

The US President came under fire from both his political opponents and fellow Republicans for pulling Washington out of the Iran nuclear deal, with lawmakers arguing the move will embolden Tehran and make the United States less secure.

Trump announced Tuesday his decision to withdraw Washington from Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and re-impose sanctions against Tehran, while leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China as well as the European Union and the United Nations have condemned the move by the US, calling for the deal to be kept in place.

After US President’s declaration, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he has ordered his atomic chief to stay on alert to resume suspended nuclear activities, stressing that Tehran will stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with other signatories if only other parties to the deal ensure all its interests and economic merits.

While stressing that Trumps decision was a historical experience for Iran, Rouhani noted that the US president has a history of undermining international treaties. Rouhani also noted that Iran would remain in the nuclear deal without the US’ presence for the next few weeks to see results of negotiations with Europeans.

Rouhani added that he has ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to be prepared for resuming nuclear enrichment at the industrial level.

“I have ordered AEOI to go ahead with adequate preparations to resume enrichment at the industrial level without any limit,” he said.

He further added that from now on everything depends on Iran’s national interests.

“Trump’s decision was the beginning of a psychological war against Iran, our heroic people will not be affected by this psychological attack,” said Rouhani.

Rouhani also noted that from now on the JCPOA is between Iran and the five remaining countries, but stressed that Iran would stay under the deal if all its interests are met.

He further noted that the Iranian Foreign Ministry would be negotiating with European countries, Russia, and China in the coming weeks.

Also, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Trump’s move, referring to it as “unlawful”, while adding that the outcome of further diplomatic efforts will determine Iran’s response.

In response to US persistent violations and unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani, I’ll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response.

“In response to US persistent violations & unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani, I’ll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response,” he tweeted.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that Tehran will not stay under the 2015 nuclear deal if the European states don’t provide the country with maximum insurances to guarantee Iran’s interests after the US withdrawal from the agreement.

“The US president’s shallow and ludicrous behavior wasn’t unexpected. The same behavior was shown by previous US presidents. Yet, the Iranian nation is persistent, while former US presidents passed away and the Islamic Republic of Iran is still standing. This man’s corpse will also be worms’ food, one day, while the Islamic Republic of Iran is standing stronger than ever,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

“I don’t trust these three EU countries either. If the government (of President Rouhani) wants to make a contract, they should ask for a guarantee, or else they will all do just as the US did. If there’s not definite guarantee, the JCPOA cannot continue,” he stressed.

Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers – the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union – Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment program and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons. Tehran has on numerous occasions asserted that its nuclear program is merely peaceful and not meant to make nukes. In exchange, international sanctions were lifted, allowing it to sell its oil and gas worldwide. United Nations inspectors have repeatedly confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the deal.

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