Turkey: US decision on Iran deal to cause instability


    Unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is a decision that will cause instability and new conflicts, said the Turkish presidential aide on Tuesday.

    Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on his Twitter account the multilateral agreement would remain in place thanks to the other countries' participation.

    “Turkey will maintain its resolute stance against all forms of nuclear weapons,” he added.

    Bucking pressure from the U.S.'s closest European allies, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. Tuesday from its participation in the landmark nuclear agreement world powers struck with Iran in 2015.

    Trump opted not to extend sanctions relief on Iran ahead of a May 12 deadline, vowing instead to re-impose nuclear-related economic penalties.

    The 2015 nuclear agreement placed unprecedented restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions, but Trump has consistently railed against it since he began his bid for America's highest office, repeatedly claiming it is the "worst deal" he has ever seen.

    All of the U.S.'s negotiating partners — the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and the EU — had agreed that maintaining the accord was the best way to reign in Iran's program.


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