Iranians react with sadness, defiance to Trump


Iran's supreme leader chastised President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decision to pull America out of the 2015 nuclear deal, while lawmakers lit a paper USA flag on fire inside parliament, shouting, "Death to America!"

Last month, Iran's crude exports reached a record 2.617 million bpd-the highest level since Tehran signed the nuclear deal with global powers that now hangs in the balance.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal was a devastating blow.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres have all warned Trump not to scrap the deal.

USA drivers who have noticed higher prices at the pump may be tempted to blame Trump's Iran decision, but it's only one factor at play right now.

Iran's supreme leader has challenged President Donald Trump over America pulling out of nuclear deal, saying: "You can not do a damn thing!"

Speaking today, 09 May, Mr Eastwood called upon Iran and European allies to continue to preserve the deal "in spite of President Trump's whimsical decision to attempt to sabotage it".

China is expressing regret over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal and says it remains committed to the landmark pact.

The question this week, following President Trump's announcement to "nix" rather than "fix" the agreement, is whether the bold move will assure that goal or have the reverse effect.

But the UN's nuclear watchdog, which is charged with ensuring Iran abides by the terms of the deal, said Wednesday Tehran was upholding its "nuclear-related commitments". Those who fail to end such activities with Iran by the end of the period will risk severe consequences.

Le Maire pointed out that the withdrawal gives European firms doing business in Iran the "very short time of six months" to wind up investments - or risk United States sanctions.

While expressing regret on the U.S. move, China called upon the relevant parties to take responsibility for the situation and ensure the future of Iran deal is safe. "The Iran deal is defective at its core".

On Monday, U.S. crude reached $70 a barrel for the first time since November 2014.

In 2011 the IAEA had said it had found "credible" intelligence showing Iran's interest in acquiring nuclear weapons.

Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, yesterday said China would remain "in close communication with all relevant parties" and remain committed to upholding and implementing the JCPOA with an "objective, impartial and responsible attitude".