European MPs urge US not to scrap Iran nuclear deal

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

President Trump stands ready to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal next month, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Wednesday.

In January, he chose to stick with the JCPOA, but gave the European signatories a May 12 deadline to "fix the awful flaws" of the accord or have him abandon the agreement. The other parties to the deal - China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany - say Iran has so far honored the accord and favor preserving the deal.

President Trump is understood to have not yet made a decision over whether to maintain the deal. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected in Washington April 24.

The British, French and German lawmakers wrote to members of Congress and published their appeal for saving the Iran pact in major newspapers.

The European MPs further described the nuclear pact as a "major diplomatic breakthrough" and stressed that a United States withdrawal "could provide a new source of devastating conflict in the Middle East and beyond".

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, has repeatedly verified Tehran's full commitment to its side of the bargain.

FILE - In a photo released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks to Syrian diplomats, in Damascus, Syria, Aug. 20, 2017. Mr Bolton has previously advocated regime change via military intervention in Iran. The lawmakers said they hoped "to show the global community Europe's democracies will rise in solidarity on critical worldwide problems", but warned there would be "disastrous consequences" with an American withdrawal.

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