As the implicit deadline for President Trump’s decision on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) looms, the Iranian Foreign Minister took to Twitter to encourage the rest of the world to convince Trump not to exit the accord as there is no “plan B” for the agreement.
Trump has vowed to scrap the 2015 Iran accord unless co-signatories France, Germany and Britain can “fix the terrible flaws” in it. Unless revisions are made, he has vowed not to sign another waiver of U.S. sanctions on May 12, the next deadline, potentially wrecking the deal.
The LA Times reports that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back this week, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.
“I don’t have any Plan B for nuclear [protections] against Iran,” Macron said Sunday on Fox News.
“Let’s preserve the framework because it is better than a sort of North Korea-type situation.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who helped negotiate the nuclear deal, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that if Trump quits the 2015 accord, Tehran may respond by relaunching and “resuming at a much greater speed” its nuclear activities.
“Obviously the rest of the world cannot ask us to unilaterally and one-sidedly implement a deal that has already been broken,” Zarif said.
“I think the international community has seen that… the United States under this administration has not been in a mood to fulfill its obligations,” he said.
“So that makes the United States not very trustworthy.”
And this morning he reiterated the threats on Twitter – urging European signatories of JCPOA should convince U.S. President Donald Trump not to exit the accord. As Reuters reports:
“It is either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more important to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.
“President Macron is correct in saying there is no “plan B” on JCPOA,” Zarif Tweeted.
Iran has said it will stick to the accord as long as the other parties respect it, but will “shred” the deal if Washington pulls out.