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Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump's decision to exit nuclear deal amplifies widespread anger in Iran

Trump's decision to exit nuclear deal amplifies widespread anger in Iran

He says that the American decision could pave the way for robust measures that could truly stop the Islamic Republic of Iran from nuclear armament. Boeing, which signed a contract to supply new planes to Iran's aging aircraft fleet, stands to lose around $20 billion now that the USA is reimposing sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped Iran could stay in the agreement.

The United States on Sunday threatened to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran, as the remaining participants in the Iran nuclear accord stiffened their resolve to keep that agreement operational.

Germany, France and Britain were three of the six signatories to the 2015 pact which saw sanctions lifted in return for the commitment by Tehran not to acquire nuclear weapons.

A poll on Channel 2 television the day after Trump scrapped the Iran deal showed Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party would gain five seats if elections were held now, winning 35 in the 120-seat parliament and strengthening its position in a ruling coalition.

German leader Angela Merkel also told Trump on a visit to Washington late last month that the nuclear deal was insufficient in itself to curb Iran's ambitions in the region.

"We could have pushed the Europeans a lot harder, to work with us", Gates said on "Face the Nation".

The survey also showed 59 percent of Israelis polled said they considered Trump's decision to pull out of the deal and reimpose US sanctions on Tehran would aid Israel's security.

"I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interests to come along with us", Bolton said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The U.S. decision reignited the danger of economic crisis for Iran, which is now at the center of Tehran's diplomatic efforts.

For critics like Mr. Dubowitz, who favored fixing the deal rather than nixing it, the failure to close the final gaps suggests that Mr. Trump was never serious about finding a remedy - that he was merely going through the motions before killing it.

"That's what we are going to do and I will be hard at it with the Europeans in the next several days", said the top USA diplomat.

Ayatollah Ali Jannati, the ultra-conservative head of the Assembly of Experts, said Mr Rouhani should "present his apologies to the Iranian people for the damage caused".

As Iranians take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump-who ditched the Iran nuclear deal this week despite warnings that it could lead to "a potentially catastrophic military confrontation"-in a speech on Friday, Europe's top diplomat vowed to work with the global community to save the agreement and railed against Trump's style of politics".

Media captionAnalysis: What's next for the Iran deal?

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