Chances of Trump Staying in Iran Deal 'Very Small'

President says he'll announce his decision Tuesday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2018 4:09 AM CDT
Iranian women walk past a portrait of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini and paintings of Persian poetry in Tehran, Iran, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – President Trump says he will announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal at 2pm Tuesday—and he's widely expected to declare that the US is pulling out. European diplomats who've been trying to change the president's mind now say the chances of him staying in the agreement are "very small," the New York Times reports. The diplomats say they've been trying to persuade Trump that withdrawal could lead to confrontation with Tehran, but the president, who has called the agreement a "disaster," believes pulling out will bring Iran back to the negotiation table. The deal, seen as one of Barack Obama's biggest foreign policy achievements, lifted sanctions in return for a freeze on Iran's nuclear program.

In a tweet Monday, Trump slammed John Kerry's reported attempts to save the deal, saying the US doesn't need his "possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!" Over months of talks, senior officials from Britain, France, and Germany didn't agree to changes in the deal, and in the event of a US pullout, they could face sanctions if they continue to do business with Iran, the Telegraph reports. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that the country wants to keep "working with the world," adding that it's "possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this," the AP reports. (Amid uncertainty over the deal, oil prices have surged past $70 for the first time since 2014.)

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