Macron concerned the U.S. will u-turn over Iran

Sen. Ted Cruz: Netanyahu Revelations Prove Iran Deal 'Truly Catastrophic'

A decision by Trump to end USA sanctions relief would all but sink the agreement and could trigger a backlash by Iran, which could resume its nuclear arms program or "punish" US allies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, diplomats said.

Other signatories of the accord - France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China - have urged Washington to remain a part of the deal, although the Western allies have also expressed concerns about the terms.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has come to the fore and defended the Iran nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump brands as the "worst deal ever" and has often threatened to terminate it. Kerry's "dogged efforts" in 2014 and 2015 were vital during the marathon negotiations which resulted in the Iran nuclear deal - also referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, CNN reported.

European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have been pressing Trump to strengthen rather than abandon the three-year-old deal that took more than a decade to reach.

Meanwhile, a foreign policy advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Thursday Iran would withdraw from the deal if Trump follows through on his threat to pull out of the accord.

A United States withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal could have severe ramifications for political stability in the Middle East.

The country has always denied it sought a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic programme was for civilian purposes.

Macron, who met Trump in Washington last week to try to convince him to not walk away, admitted Wednesday he still did not know what decision the U.S. leader would take.


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged Donald Trump not to walk away from an global deal created to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

He said this was evidence that Iran had lied about its nuclear ambitions before the deal was signed in 2015.

Mr Guterres called on the U.S. leader not to withdraw from the deal, saying that it risked a real possibility of war if the agreement was not maintained.

Those changes have included proposals to limit Iran's ballistic missile program, which Tehran says it has as a defensive deterrent.

Velayati warned against any attempts to renegotiate in exchange for sanctions relief, saying, "Iran accepts the nuclear agreement as it has been prepared and will not accept adding or removing anything".

Technically, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to renew "waivers" suspending some of the US sanctions on Iran.

Top aides are not seeking to talk Mr. Trump out of withdrawal because he seems intent on it, a second White House official said.

Johnson said on Tuesday that the Iran nuclear deal was "based on tough verification", and London would stick with it despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations about Tehran "secretly" pursuing a nuclear weapons program before signing the agreement.

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