It’s decision time for U.S. President Donald Trump.
Within the week, Trump must decide if the U.S. will continue to waive sanctions on Iran or move to withdraw from the nuclear deal. Tehran claims it would be a ‘historic mistake’ for Washington to exit the international pact.
CGTN’s Toby Muse explains the stern warning issued by Iran’s President.
The White House will decide by next Saturday whether to re-certify the deal and extend a waiver on sanctions against Iran. President Donald Trump has been critical of the agreement ever since he campaigned for the 2016 election, calling it the worst deal ever negotiated. If, as is thought likely, Trump pulls out, the Iranian government warned it was ready.
The Iran deal was made in 2015 under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. The agreement between Iran and China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and the EU stated that Tehran would end its nuclear weapons program in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions.
Two of America’s closest allies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are also Iran’s fiercest enemies and are urging Trump to walk away from the deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused Iran of lying about its nuclear program. Critics countered the evidence Netanyahu presented was old.
Trump’s European allies, however, are urging him to stay the course. French President Emmanuel Macron was recently in Washington and tried to convince Trump to stick it out.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson traveled to Washington, DC in a last-ditch effort to convince the White House to keep the deal. Even some of Trump’s supporters in his own party are warning that it may be counter-productive to leave the deal.
The countdown has started and the world will be waiting and watching to see what Trump does next Saturday.