"President Trump has declared a hard exit from the nuclear agreement", said Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. The specific language was reportedly being worked out when Trump chose to announce the US withdrawal on Wednesday. For the past four months, Britain, France, and Germany-the three European signatories to the nuclear deal-worked with US negotiators to craft compromises to "fix" the deal.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint statement that President Trump's decision to pull out of the deal was a matter of "regret and concern".
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations in 2017.
The Obama-initiated JCPOA curbed Tehran's march toward production of nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting of sanctions imposed on it over an extended period. "All that was left was to figure out creative language for how that constraint would be phrased that everyone could support", the AP reported.
Trump's decision may not crimp Iranian oil exports in the short run.
"I haven't [a] good job, I am very anxious about my future and my family", he said.
Johnson's attempts at bridging the remaining gaps were reportedly not enough. Without elaborating, he claimed Trump had "over 10 lies" in announcing the USA was pulling out of the accord.
The withdrawal also reinforced the anti-American hostility of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, who reluctantly had gone along with Mr. Rouhani and his nuclear negotiators.
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Another Western European official familiar with the discussion between capitals said EU nations would not simply take orders from the Trump White House.
"I think Trump is insane", one person said.
The immediate impact is more likely to be seen in a tougher approach in Syria, where Iranian troops (sent to aid the government side in the civil war) are bombed by the Israelis practically every week.
And while the U.S. itself is not a major customer, foreign companies and other countries that continue to deal with Iran after the wind-down periods will face United States sanctions if they fail to reduce or end their trade. It was designed only to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - something most objective experts and analysts say it had been doing effectively. "As for the reaction of the Iranians there is deception, even rage, they call it a "betrayal", since the Americans did not respect their own engagement in the first place", Brisset stressed.
Funding in the current defense budget is sufficient to back up the contingency plans for Iran and he does not anticipate asking Congress for supplemental funding, Mattis said. "So the verification, what is in there, is actually pretty robust as far as our intrusive ability [to check on whether Iran is complying]".
Companies such as Airbus and Boeing - which had agreed deals with Iran to sell 100 and 80 aircraft respectively after the 2015 deal - stand to lose billions of dollars because of the use of US-made parts in construction.
It is clearly shaping up as a discussion that will expose a major cleavage between the USA and its G7 partners.
Trump wanted to please his neoconservative counselors - yes, that was newly-minted "national security adviser" John Bolton hovering in the doorway as the announcement was made Tuesday - by rejecting diplomacy in favor of a litany of discredited claims, dated "evidence" and bombastic pronouncements.