British foreign secretary to meet with U.S. officials on Iran

British foreign secretary to meet with U.S. officials on Iran

Even though he opposed the bargain from 2015, when it had been signed by President Obama, he said today really isn't the time to drift off from this agreement. He has several options, so the fallout either way is not yet clear.

Trump believes he must deliver bad, disruptive and unsafe campaign promises to the largely ignorant, uncaring and self-interested 30-35 per cent of United States voters who remain core supporters.

Trump is set to decide by May 12 whether to pull out of the Iran deal. It promised not to seek the manufacture of nuclear bombs in return for global lifting of sanctions on Iran.

The deal required Iran to disable most of the centrifuges it used to enrich uranium, to ship out most of its uranium stockpile, to ensure a heavy water reactor could not produce weapons-grade plutonium, and to submit to monitoring and verification by global inspectors.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the deal, which is being policed by United Nations nuclear inspectors, "makes the world safer", and would do everything possible to uphold it. Tehran can install more centrifuges after 10 years, for example, and can resume research and development after eight years.

Q: What is the May 12 deadline?

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It's decision time for U.S. President Donald Trump.

Rouhani said government officials received instructions months ago on what to do in the event the US decides to end waivers on key sanctions on May 12, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's government says the U.S.is "bullying" his country.

Some of that could happen within days.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the deal.

Under its terms Iran is committed to a peaceful nuclear energy programme. But judging from his harsh criticism, that seems unlikely.

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Trump's long-term goal is a better deal, not conflict, said Michael Singh, managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former senior director for Middle East affairs under President George W. Bush.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel repeated his call for the agreement to be "fully fixed or fully nixed", arguing that while it may have delayed the acquisition of Iran's first bomb, it paves the way for the country to build an entire nuclear arsenal soon after the deal expires.

The US president has fiercely criticised the agreement, which eased sanctions on Tehran in exchange for commitments to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. Tehran claims it would be a "historic mistake" for Washington to exit the worldwide pact.

Q: What would Iran do?

In 2015, Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Last October, he officially disavowed the deal, though he stopped short of terminating it. At least 10 per cent of its aircraft components are of American origin, meaning it requires permission from the US Treasury for its sales to Iran.

"My government has said that as long as Iran is in compliance with the deal and wants to stick with it that will be our position as well, so we're looking at options for maintaining the deal should - which we hope they won't - should the USA administration choose to withdraw".

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