Iranian officials vowed to “restart” their nuclear program on a massive-scale should the international treaty collapse; accusing the Trump administration of “dragging the Middle East into chaos.”
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif released an official statement regarding the failing nuclear deal Friday, claiming his government was poised to restart the banned weapons program on an “industrial scale” should other nations pull-out from the agreement.
Zarif went on to blast President Trump for his “ignorance and folly” and announced upcoming visits to world capitals to help prop-up the international pact.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed the deal during a speech Friday, saying the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw would be hard to overcome because a “huge economic power has left.”
“We hope we can, but there are a lot of things playing a role in this,” she added. “We will have to discuss that with Iran.”
Radio Free Europe reports U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that Iran “will have bigger problems than they have ever had before” if it follows through with threats to restart its nuclear program.
Speaking at the start of a White House meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump called the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers “insane.”
He said that the accord — inked under his predecessor Barack Obama — does nothing to tackle Tehran’s ballistic missiles program or its role in conflicts in the Middle East.
“It just seems that no matter where you go, especially in the Middle East, Iran is behind it; wherever there is trouble — Yemen, Syria; no matter where you have it Iran is behind it,” Trump said. “And now, unfortunately, Russia is getting more and more involved, but Iran seems to be behind everything where there is a problem.”
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 11th, 2018