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Cuba condemns US withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement

CUBA has condemned the US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement saying the move can have serious consequences for stability and security in the Middle East.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba expresses its strong condemnation of the decision made by the United States government to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran nuclear agreement, and re-impose sanctions on this country. Failure to abide by these international commitments undermines the norms of coexistence among states and can have serious consequences for stability and security in the Middle East,” reads in part the declaration. “Cuba opposes the imposition of unilateral coercive economic measures on any country and recognises the legitimate right of all states to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. At the same time, we call on the United Nations Security Council to fulfill the responsibility with which it has been charged in the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security, demanding adherence to of its resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iranian nuclear question, approved unanimously by this body.”

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump ended the United States’ participation in what he called “unacceptable Iran Deal.”
“The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” he said.

President Trump said the JCPOA enriched the Iranian regime and enabled its malign behaviour, while at best delaying its ability to pursue nuclear weapons and allowing it to preserve nuclear research and development.

He directed his administration to immediately begin the process of reimposing sanctions related to the JCPOA.

President Trump said reimposed sanctions would target critical sectors of Iran’s economy such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.

He said those doing business in Iran would be provided a period of time to allow them to wind down operations in or business involving Iran.

In his policy, President Trump thinks, “United States withdrawal from the JCPOA will pressure the Iranian regime to alter its course of malign activities and ensure that Iranian bad acts are no longer rewarded. As a result, both Iran and its regional proxies will be put on notice. As importantly, this step will help ensure global funds stop flowing towards illicit terrorist and nuclear activities.”

Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Kamenei told President Trump that he made a mistake in deciding to leave the multi-country nuclear deal.

The other parties to the JCPOA, Russia, China, France, the UK plus Germany, say they remain committed to the deal.

Khamenei said: “I said from the first day: don’t trust America.”

He urged his government to get guarantees from European powers before agreeing to continue with the deal.

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