Tehran won’t accept Trump’s nuclear deal demands, Iran’s FM says

As the May 12 deadline for changes in the nuclear deal approaches, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed US President Donald Trump, saying that his demands are “unacceptable.”
Zarif Photo Credit: EPA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s demands regarding the nuclear deal are “unacceptable.” Speaking at a summit in Moscow, Zarif stressed that Iran cannot agree to them.

Yesterday, Trump vowed that he would not let Iran develop a nuclear weapon. “I don’t talk about whether or not I’d use military force. It’s not appropriate to be talking about. But I can tell you this, they will not be doing nuclear weapons, that I can tell you,” the president said. “They’re not going to be doing nuclear weapons. You can bank on it.”

In January, Trump waived US sanctions against Iran but warned that it was the “last time” he would be doing so if the Iranian nuclear deal’s “terrible flaws” are not fixed. As the May 12 deadline for changes in the deal approaches, America’s European allies who signed the deal with the US are urging Trump to remain in the deal.

Earlier this week, Trump met with his French counterpart in Washington. Before their meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Fox News about the deal. During the interview, he stressed that there is no “plan B” if the agreement is annulled. “My point is to say don’t leave now the JCPOA as long as you have not a better option for nuclear, and let’s complete it with ballistic missile and regional containment,” he told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, referring to the nuclear deal by its official acronym.

According to Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, the recent developments at the inter-Korean summit should put Trump in a better position to renegotiate the nuclear deal with Iran. “He [Trump] will have more power against Iran now and maybe to convince the European Union not to be the weak link in the coalition,” Katz said in an interview with Reuters on Friday.

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