Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Iran's Chabahar port work on but fear of US sanctions loom

Iran's Chabahar port work on but fear of US sanctions loom

The Iranian government is warning that it will take "whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient" if it is not fully compensated for the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord.

GREENE: Simon Gass, the British negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal joining us this morning. If the Iranian regime rushes back into enrichment activities, the resulting worldwide crisis could lead to military action no one should want.

If unilateral USA sanctions have any significant effect, the deal's Iranian opponents may prevail.

It included closing down some nuclear facilities or reducing their capacity, as well as allowing global inspectors to check they were keeping to the terms.

Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said at a press briefing on Iranian state television last month the government is considering withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the very basis of all worldwide non-proliferation efforts.

Originally, the 2015 Obama-era nuclear deal - which was reached between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and Germany - lifted economic sanctions against Iran to curb their nuclear activities.

"Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?" "We have to be able to go into their military bases to see whether or not they're cheating", Trump said at a rally in Indiana.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was sending his foreign minister to the remaining countries but warned there was only a short time to negotiate with them.

Chief among the critics was French President Emmanuel Macron, who was Europe's leading emissary to Washington in efforts to defend the deal and who has sought to cultivate a strong personal rapport with Trump.

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Around 20 lawmakers gathered in the chamber early on Wednesday, the morning after Trump pulled out of the deal and attacked their government's "long reign of chaos and terror".

Speaking at a rally in IN on Thursday Trump said tough inspections were still needed.

Media captionAnalysis: What's next for the Iran deal?

Many Iranians are deeply concerned about how Mr Trump's decision could affect the already struggling economy.

That's the view of the BBC's diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus. How can we expect the North Koreans or any other country to collaborate with us if we do not keep our word? I mean, President Trump seemed open to some kind of new framework. As I say, I think that there are ways of helping address some of President Trump's concerns.

There are also consequences for the Middle East region.

So far, Israel and Saudi Arabia are the only countries who have welcomed the move.

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