Iran calls for NUCLEAR ACTION against USA accusing Washington of 'creating ISIS'

Larry Hoffman
October 20, 2017

Trump's decision has been sharply criticized by Washington's partners in the deal - France, Britain, China, and Russian Federation - which sit on the Security Council as permanent members along with the United States.

One possible win-win solution would have the USA working closely with its European allies to curb Iran's terror activities and missile tests while keeping the nuclear agreement intact.

Mr. Trump has given Congress 60 days to see whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, lifted under the pact in exchange for the scaling down of a program the West fears was aimed at building a nuclear bomb, something Tehran denies.

Some U.S. officials also want to eliminate "sunset provisions" in the existing agreement, which allow Iran to resume its nuclear program after a decade or more. "So there may be an issue of separating the nuclear deal from the ballistic programme and Iran's regional role, sending signals on the latter two".

Haley told the council that inside Iran, Christians and other minorities are persecuted, gays and lesbians are executed and freedom of speech is denied.

Iran's highest authority also said Tehran was determined to continue its disputed ballistic missile programme despite the pressure from Europe and the United States to suspend it. Tehran has defended the move, saying the weapons are exclusively for defensive purposes.

"We will not tear up the deal before the other party does: if they tear up JCPOA, we shred it", he cautioned.

The move, which Trump had hinted at for months, stirred immediate opposition from some of the United States' major allies, as the governments of France, Germany and United Kingdom all said they still back the nuclear agreement.

It was his first response to Trump's bellicose speech last Friday in which he called for tougher sanctions to curb Iran's "destabilizing activities" in the Middle East.

If the European side repeats the same demands about Iran's presence in region or its missile program, the Islamic Republic will not accept that, he added.

Iran's Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Trump a "big mouth" who "pretends to be an idiot" in a televised speech on Wednesday, saying the United States is "an agent of global Zionism" and the creator of ISIS.

"The US president is reflecting stupidity", Khamenei said, adding that the reason he is annoyed with Iran is because USA policies in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon have failed.

Numerous same arguments are back, but President Trump has a very different approach here than Obama, to say the least.

Haley's criticisms sought to weaken support for the nuclear deal at the Council, which formally endorsed the measure.

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