US pulling out of Iran deal 'reckless behaviour' - Golriz Ghahraman

Morning Talk 09/05/2018

US President Donald Trump has announced the United States will quit the Iran nuclear deal.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday (local time), the agreement was a “horrible one-sided deal” and wouldn’t have stopped Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Iranian born Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman told Mark Sainsbury on Morning Talk that Mr Trump has undermined an incredible deal for peace.

“This is quite an incredible coalition,” she said. “It’s got Russia, the EU, it has the US and Iran, aimed at tempering Iran’s nuclear programme and hopefully stopping it from developing nuclear arms.

“[Trump] has pulled out of that and has offered no alternative, which is dangerous.

“It’s really reckless behaviour.”

Mr Trump says new sanctions would be imposed on Iran.

International relations expert Professor Robert Patman says President Trump has made a huge mistake.

“He hasn’t got Plan B. It’s all very well pulling out of this agreement, but so far the other parties to this agreement seem to be determined to preserve the agreement.

“Mr Trump says it’s an insane deal, but many arms control specialists in the world take a completely different view,” he told RadioLIVE.

Britain, France and Germany remain committed to the accord and, in an effort to address US complaints, want to open talks on Iran's ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025, when pivotal provisions of the deal expire, and its role in the wars in Syria and Yemen.

Listen the full interview with Golriz Ghahraman and Robert Patman above.

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