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Ramaphosa unhappy with Trump's decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal

11 Mai 2018

Saudi Arabia has called the 2015 nuclear deal a "flawed agreement", and in March Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS news that his country would without a doubt develop nuclear weapons if Iran did so. Last week, the UK Foreign Office warned tourists about the increased risk of demonstrations "targeting Western interests" ahead of Trump's announcement on sanctions.

Trump yesterday argued that the deal struck by the previous Obama administration and world powers was "defective at its core" and that he would pull out and reimpose sanctions on Iran, the world's fifth-biggest oil producer.

While companies and suppliers engaging with Iran, the second-largest producer of oil in the Middle East, have been given a 180-day window to wind down their exposure before U.S. sanctions are imposed in August, the oil markets are bracing for imbalance. "Iran is also supporting American enemies in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria". It was the usual diplomatic compromise that did not deliver everything that Iran's counterparties wanted but did induce Iran to pause its nuclear weapons program. In response to the USA decision, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would bypass Washington and negotiate with the other signatories of the deal.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Trump's speech was silly and superficial and contained 10 lies. President Trump was elected on a certain platform.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was eager to see the deal's end.

He put Britain's case at talks with Pompeo and in an interview with "Fox & Friends" on cable channel Fox News, which Trump regularly watches.

Trump has described the agreement as "the worst deal in history" and vowed to renegotiate it.

Funding in the current defense budget is sufficient to back up the contingency plans for Iran and he does not anticipate asking Congress for supplemental funding, Mattis said. "This resolution remains the binding worldwide legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme". But they're going to lose huge, huge dollar benefits 'cause they won't be able to deal with the United States.

South Korea said it would seek USA exemptions to buy Iranian oil, a path many big oil consumers are likely to follow in the wake of new US sanctions on Tehran, which will tighten world oil markets and push up prices.

Progress was made in the negotiations, but not enough to sway Trump.

Other signatories to the nuclear accord say they remain committed to it.

Peek acknowledged there are some "diplomatically tactical disagreements" with Europeans, but said those differences could be overcome.

Major European and U.S. companies are likely to be hit. Yet the Europeans realized he was unpersuaded.

O'SULLIVAN: Well, I think that that is the outcome that none of us want because we want to keep Iran inside this deal. The threat of war has returned, this time more imminent than ever before. And that will make a nuclear deal very hard to maintain.

"You mean you had three months, and you didn't do anything?" he told them, the source said.

Analysts said that Trump's harsh rhetoric had scared away potential investors, way before his announcement Tuesday that sanctions would be reimposed. "They were asking exactly the same things", the official said.

"We realized we have to buy time".

Trump's decision opens the door to greater U.S. confrontation with Tehran and strains relations with America's closest allies, current and former diplomats said.

Ramaphosa unhappy with Trump's decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal