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The Consequences of Iran's Withdrawal From the Nuclear Deal

The Consequences of Iran's Withdrawal From the Nuclear Deal

But a day after Trump made such a gesture, saying he'd like Iran's leaders to "call me", a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said Iran would not engage in talks.

Under the JCPOA, endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, Iran was tasked to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for termination of economic and financial sanctions.

Mr. Rouhani's comments come at a crucial moment of increasing hostility between the USA and Iran. After repeating the administration's complaints about Iran, including what he called "40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities and taking American hostages", Pompeo appealed to "those in Tehran who see a path to a prosperous future" through modifying their government's behavior.

Last month, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. decision to end sanctions waivers had even angered Washington's allies.

The Eurasia Group noted on May 6 that "even if Bolton was simply rebranding a routine deployment" in his announcement, "the blunt language in the statement seems created to intimidate and potentially provoke the Iranian leadership to lash out".

"If [the Americans] make a move, we will hit them in the head", he added, according to ISNA.

"An attack on American interests from an Iranian-led force, whether it's an Iranian proper or it's an entity that is controlled by the Iranians, we will hold the responsible party accountable".

He dismissed United States allegations of an Iranian threat as "fake intelligence" and said they were "being produced by the same people" who did so in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The American military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represented a "target" and and "opportunity", a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said, raising the rhetoric as United States forces head towards the region.

Iran and the other signatories to the deal _ Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China-continued to comply with it even after the USA withdrew.

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"We will begin our two next steps regarding the level of enrichment and Arak Heavy Water Reactor if we don't get the desired results", he added.

The sweeping sanctions have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy.

Bolton announced on May 5 that the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln would be deployed to the Middle East as a warning to Iran because intelligence had surfaced indicating an Iranian threat.

"We are very anxious about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with escalation that is unintended really on either side but ends with some kind of conflict", Jeremy Hunt said in Brussels prior to a summit of European Union foreign ministers.

Tehran and Washington have been squaring up to each other as Pentagon officials warned of the threat from Iran.

Trump himself says he's ready to talk.

Iran has given the European Union 60 days to come up with fresh measures to dilute the impact of United States sanctions, or else it will take fresh steps to leave the deal, including increasing levels of uranium enrichment.

Member of the German parliament with the Green Party and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Jürgen Tritten said, "The US appears to be looking for a pretext to escalate the conflict with Iran".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had threatened a "swift and decisive" U.S. response to any attack by Iran.