Trump’s decision to ditch Iran nuclear deal exacerbates Mideast chaos

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by Xinhua writer Zhang Xu

CAIRO, May 9 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his country’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, reached in 2015 between Iran and the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China.

Trump listed reasons why he quit the deal and re-imposed stern sanctions on Iran, decrying Iran’s regime for sponsoring terrorism, developing missile program, damaging its domestic economy, and endangering regional and world stability.

Trump’s accusations have sparked strong criticism, except for flash support expressed by Israel and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. strong allies in the Middle East.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani immediately responded, saying that Iran will stay in the deal without the United States, which he said was “never reliable over the past decades.”

France, Germany, Britain, Belgium and Turkey, all of which are U.S. staunch NATO allies, also voiced regret over Trump’s decision, worrying about the nuclear non-proliferation process and the Middle East stability.

Khaled al-Muntaser, a Libyan international relations researcher and professor, said Washington’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal is a “reckless step” that threatens the Middle East.

“The entire international community will oppose this withdrawal,” said the professor.

Trump said: “When I make promises, I keep them.” In January, he did say he would not extend the waiver suspending U.S. sanctions on Iran and he fulfilled this promise.

However, his twitter account records more promises he once made, which became even ironic after what he has done after taking office, like striking Syria with no solid evidence on alleged chemical weapons use.

Some of his twitters are: “Do Not attack Syria, fix U.S.A.” “Forget Syria and make America great again!” “If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad.”

(Mahmoud Darwesh from Tripoli also contributed to the story.)

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