Iran Accuses Trump of 'Bullying' as Nuclear Deal Deadline Nears

Friday, 04 May, 2018

Israel's F-15 fighter jets carried out strikes a Syrian military base near Hama on Sunday destroying a shipment of anti-aircraft missiles stored by Iran in the facility, NBC news reports.

The White House, however, said in a statement later on Monday that the United States supported Israel's efforts and called the details gathered by Israeli intelligence compelling, which seemed to lend credence to Netanyahu's allegations.

The P5+1 powers who negotiated the deal with Iran trust the IAEA's data - and the fact it exists at all shows just how much the deal matters for Iran and the world. "This is where they kept the atomic archives".

"I don't know what the U.S. president will decide on May 12", Macron said during a visit to Sydney.

Trump has been a strong critic of the accord, in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. This would be complicated due to the interest in economic investment in Iran that followed the deal.

President Trump is set to decide by May 12 whether the US will remain in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is known. Zarif dismissed the possibility of negotiations on these issues as a result of concerns in the West, and countered that Iran is the party with "serious grievances". So there's nothing new here. "Right here. Few Iranians knew where it was, very few, and also a few Israelis", Netanyahu said. "I think that what Prime Minister Netanyahu's presentation does is it carefully explains to the American people and to the world the nature of this discovery".

Trump is unhappy that the deal only limited Iran's nuclear activities for a fixed period (till 2025) and had failed to stop the development of ballistic missiles. Iran has continually lied about its nuclear programs as well as its intentions.

China, one of five veto-wielding permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, helped conclude the 2015 agreement that lifted some economic sanctions on Iran in return for it accepting worldwide monitoring to ensure it wasn't developing a nuclear bomb.

"The missiles shot against Riyadh are a threat to the citizens of dozens of countries in Saudi Arabia, not just Saudis, so this is an worldwide threat", he stated.

Zarif stressed that the Iranian missile designed for smaller distances than those that have other countries in the region, in particular Saudi Arabia.