Just one day after President Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the Iran Deal, Iranian parliament burned an American flag while chanting “death to America.”
During the demonstration in parliament, lawmakers held up the flaming U.S. flag as their fellow parliamentarians joined in anti-American chants. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal and stomped on the papers’ ashes. Larijani, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, said Trump lacked “mental capacity.”
European diplomats meanwhile insisted that the 2015 accord would not suddenly collapse despite the U.S.’s withdrawal. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday during a press briefing in Beijing that the EU strongly believes “that this is an agreement which belongs to the international community. This is not an agreement that will fall apart if you just walk away.”
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France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French radio that the deal “wasn’t dead yet” and that European countries would hold talks over how to keep it alive.
Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were all signatories to the 2015 accord under which Iran pledged to limit its stockpile of enriched uranium for 15 years and its number of centrifuges for 10 years. Both are needed to make nuclear weapons. The EU, U.S. and United Nations lifted economic sanctions as part of the deal.
The International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran was complying with the terms of the agreement, but Trump and other hard-liners in his administration have repeatedly insisted that Iran’s government could not be trusted and that it should be abandoned. Opinion polls show that a majority of Americans favor staying in the deal.
Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was quoted Wednesday by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency as saying: “We welcome Trump’s decision on pulling out of the deal. This is not a new event and has no effective role in any field.” Jafari said that “it was clear that the Americans are not trustworthy.”
Obama, Merkel, Macron, Netanyahu and other world leaders speak out after President President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal. (May 8) AP