World Leaders Praise President Trump’s Iran Decision
US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement Tuesday brought widespread praise across the globe.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dubbing it an “historic move.”
“From the beginning, the Obama-era Iran deal was deeply flawed,” said House Leader Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. “The President’s announcement Tuesday is a strong statement that we can and must do better.
“Iran’s hostile actions since its signing have only reaffirmed that it remains dedicated to sowing instability in the region.
“I have always believed the best course of action is to fix the deficiencies in the agreement,” Speaker Ryan said. “The President is right to insist that we hold Iran accountable, both today and for the long term.”
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) called the deal “flawed” and said he shared “the objective and commitment made by the president that Iran should never be able to acquire or develop a nuclear weapon.”
Making good on a longstanding campaign promise, President Trump signed a Presidential memorandum reimposing crippling sanctions on Iran that had been waived under the agreement.
President Trump faced a 12 May deadline set by US law to decide whether to continue the nuclear deal, which also included Germany, France, Britain, China, and Russia.
The Y 2015 agreement, considered Democratic President Barack Hussein Obama’s primary diplomatic achievement, immediately brought Iran $1.7-B in cash.
“America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,” President Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Room. “We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would remain in the deal.
President Trump’s action sends a strong signal to the North Koreans. The Trump Administration is serious about denuclearization and will not support weak deals with loopholes.
President Trump is not going to let the Iranians, or the NKoreans, have it their way.
If the Ayatollahs rush toward the bomb, the United States will end the program once and for all.
Many Republicans have long attacked the Iran agreement because it was not ratified as a treaty by Congress, as required by the Constitution.
President Barack Hussein Obama cut a deal with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and his giveaway to Iran jeopardized the safety and security of US citizens.
In Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center commended President Trump, saying “lying is the national anthem and Magna Carta of the Ayatollah’s regime.”
On the global front
Israel’s PM Netanyahu said leaving the Iran deal intact would be “a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.”
Mr. Netanyahu railed against the agreement in a Y 2015 speech before Congress, he said Tehran’s aggression had grown since the deal, especially in Syria, where he said it was “trying to establish military bases to attack Israel.”
Saudi Arabia, regional rival of Tehran and longtime US ally, said it “supports and welcomes” President Trump’s decision.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who lobbied Trump against trashing the deal on his state visit to Washington last month, took to Twitter expressing his displeasure with President Trump’s decision.