Kremlin Warns of ‘Harmful Consequences’ if Trump Withdraws from Iran Deal

Russia on Tuesday warned that if the U.S. withdraws from the Iran nuclear deal it would spark “harmful consequences.”

Reuters reported that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said if President Donald Trump chooses to pull out of the multinational agreement, consequences would be “inevitable.”

Trump is scheduled to announce his decision on the pact at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 2015 deal between Iran, the U.S., Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and the European Union offered Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

A raft of crippling U.S. sanctions against Iran was lifted as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. The deal allows the U.S. to waive these sanctions every 120 days as long as it believes Iran is adhering to the terms of the agreement.

The President has regularly spoken against the agreement, calling it “terrible” and “the worst ever.” He has argued it is too lenient on Iran.  Meanwhile, Iran leadership has spoken against Trump threatening of consequences if he imposes new sanctions.

“The new U.S. president—who has big claims and many ups and downs in his words and actions—has been trying for 15 months to break the JCPOA,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.  “But the structure of the JCPOA is so strong that it has not been shaken by such quakes.”

“Iran will not violate the nuclear deal, but if the United States withdraws from the deal, they will surely regret it,” Rouhani continued. “Our response will be stronger than what they imagine and they would see that within a week.”

Also, many foreign leaders and U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have lobbied for Trump to remain in the deal, saying there is no better option on the table.


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