By John Lee.
Following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, world leaders have been giving their opinions.
Former US President Barack Obama said:
“Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated.
“At a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.“
The EU’s High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said:
“The European Union regrets today’s statement by the President of the United States on the nuclear deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA]. Should the US reconsider this position, we would welcome it …
“I am particularly worried by the announcement of new sanctions. I will consult with all our partners in the coming hours and days to assess their implications. The European Union is determined to act in accordance with its security interests and to protect its economic investments.“
Boris Johnson, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, said on Twitter:
“Deeply regret US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. UK remains strongly committed to the JCPoA, and will work with E3 partners and the other parties to the deal to maintain it. Await more detail on US plan.”
Taking a different stance, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his thanks to President Trump:
“Israel fully supports Donald Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran. The deal didn’t push war further away; it actually brought it closer. The deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression; it dramatically increased it.”
Also supporting President Trump was the Saudi Arabian government:
”The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports and welcomes the steps announced by President Donald Trump regarding the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The Kingdom also supports reinstating economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which have been suspended under the nuclear deal.”
(Sources: European Union, Saudi Arabian government, Twitter, Facebook)