Germany, UK vow to keep Iran nuclear deal despite United States withdrawal

UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said “Iran’s rhetoric and aggressive regional actions were the background to a flawed deal”. Fayez Nureldine  AFP

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcome Trump's exit from Iran nuclear deal

He also accused Trump of being mentally unfit to lead the U.S. "He had maybe more than 10 lies in his comments". A mammoth amount of oil exports finds its way to countries like China, India, Korea, Turkey, and Europe where Iran has strong relationships.

"Getting out of the deal at this stage means that Iran has already realized the benefits, the major benefits - the release of funds that were frozen, relief from sanctions", he said.

Iran's supreme leader claims Donald Trump lied more than 10 times as he announced the USA is pulling out of the nuclear deal.

Iranian lawmakers burn two pieces of papers representing the US flag and the nuclear deal as they chant slogans against the U.S.at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Mr Le Drian said he and his British and German counterparts would meet Iranian representatives on Monday to discuss the next steps. Trump believes the Iranian leadership will back down and agree to further restraints.

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on May 9, 2018.

"If the constraints on Iran's nuclear programme under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it", he said.

In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it has followed the U.S. decision closely, and that it sees a need to preserve the "security and stability of the region". German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was "totally unclear what the U.S. envisages as an alternative to the deal".

"We will respect the capacity of individual countries to make their decisions about foreign policy", the PM also said.

Iranians reacted with a mix of sadness, resignation and defiance on Wednesday to US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, with sharp divisions among officials on how best to respond.

Rouhani for his part said Iran's economic interests would however need to be "guaranteed" in light of Trump's decision, the Iranian presidency's website said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany remained committed to the agreement while the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, insisted it was not "dead".

Other world powers have vowed to uphold the landmark deal. "We are assessing the implications which it might have on our interests", he said, adding it was too early to analyse implications of the United States decision on India. "We will have discussions at the European level".

"The president's announcement is nothing less than an abdication of American leadership that jeopardizes our national security, makes the world less safe, and increases the prospect of Iran developing a nuclear weapon", he said. A lot of them, they don't have set ups in the United States and they are not as frightened as global operating companies.

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