WASHINGTON – One day after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, two more Gulf Arab nations, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, have expressed support for President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
The UAE says the agreement didn’t guarantee Iran would refrain from pursuing a nuclear weapon in the future.
Bahrain, which has accused Iran of arming and training Shiite Bahraini protesters with the aim of destabilizing the Sunni-ruled country, said late Tuesday that Trump’s decision reflects the U.S. commitment to confront Iran’s “continuous attempts to spread terrorism in the region.”
Saudi Arabia– one of Iran’s staunchest regional foes– earlier rushed to express its support for Trump’s decision, saying Iran had exploited the economic benefits of sanctions being lifted to continue its destabilizing activities.
Oman, a Gulf Arab nation that helped mediate talks between the U.S. and Iran that eventually led to the deal, said it “values the stance of the five partners (P5+1) to adhere to this agreement, thus contributing to regional and international security and stability.”
It was referring to the agreement’s co-signers — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — all of which had urged the U.S. to adhere to the deal.
Iran’s supreme leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has challenged President Donald Trump over America pulling out of nuclear deal, saying: “You cannot do a damn thing!”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came Wednesday as he met with a group of school teachers in Tehran, a day after Trump announced he was renewing sanctions on Iran.
Khamenei described Trump’s speech Tuesday night as having “over 10 lies,” without elaborating. He also said Trump’s remarks threatened Iran’s people and its theocratic government.
Under Iran’s Islamic Republic, Khamenei has final say on all state matters.
Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal, predicted that the European Union, which opposed the pullout, would eventually join the U.S., meaning the “the fate of the deal is clear.”
The Revolutionary Guard is a paramilitary force dominated by hard-liners, which answers directly to Iran’s supreme leader.
The Revolutionary Guards chant “Death to America” long has been used in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Shirin Ebadi, Iran’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights lawyer, said “Reform is useless in Iran.” “The Iranian people are very dissatisfied with their current government. They have reached the point and realized this system is not reformable.”
Ending Iranian tyranny should be a U.N.-monitored referendum on the constitution that proposes a basic change: the elimination of the unelected office of supreme leader. The Iranian people, she said, “want to change our regime, by changing our constitution to a secular constitution based on the universal declaration of human rights.”
Ebadi thinks it is important for the U.S. to establish a channel to the legitimate and independent Iranian opposition.
The Associated Press, Bloomberg