Why the EU and Iran Have Little Hope of Rescuing the Nuclear Deal

May 16, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
A protester holds a banner criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump and a portrait lauding Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamanei during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Tehran after Friday prayers on May 11.

Anger is growing in Iran after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew his country from a landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.

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"Abandon the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty!" "Restart uranium enrichment!" "Kick the inspectors out!" In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal [LINK: What the U.S. Withdrawal Will Do to the Iran Nuclear Deal] from the Iranian nuclear deal, hard-liners in the Islamic republic have called for any number of actions – including following Trump out the door from "Barjam," the Persian acronym for the landmark agreement officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Mindful of the pressure from hard-liners – as well as the consequences of a fierce response from Tehran – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif sat down with European leaders on May 15 in a desperate attempt to salvage the nuclear deal. ...

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