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Trump's ‘immoral’ decision clears the path for war

Labour condemns ‘warmongering’ US president after he sets the stage for World War III by pulling out of Iran nuclear deal

“WARMONGER” Donald Trump’s “immoral” decision to break away from the nuclear deal with Iran sets the stage for a new war in the Middle East, anti-war campaigners and Labour warned today.

Stop the War Coalition said that the US withdrawal from the deal – against pressure from every other signatory, including allies Britain, France and Germany – strengthens the case for national demonstrations against his visit to Britain on July 13.

The US’s EU allies were left scrambling to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact amid fears of a new confrontation in the region following Mr Trump’s announcement lastnight. The deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed by the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain with Iran in 2015.

Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said: “Trump is showing his true colours here as a warmonger, not a peace maker. This is an extremely dangerous development which presages more war, not less, in the region.

“Anti-war campaigners are part of a mass coalition which is organising to protest against Trump’s visit in July and to make sure that he is aware of opposition to his plans.

“Opposition to war means opposition to Trump.”

In the Commons, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a statement in which he said that he and PM Theresa May had urged Mr Trump over last weekend to not pull out of the pact.

“Britain has no intention of walking away, we will co-operate with other parties,” he added.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that the “whole house and the world” should stand against Mr Trump for his “senseless and immoral act of diplomatic sabotage.”

She added: “By seeking to scupper the nuclear deal, Donald Trump has destroyed the platform for future progress [for human rights in Iran] and risked triggering a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, handing power to the hard-line theocrats in Tehran and pushing Iran back into isolation.

“He has taken all those risks without a single care, without the slightest justification and without the simplest rational thought as to what will come next.

“And in doing so, he is also sending a message to North Korea that any agreement they reach with the US will be worthless.”

She said it was particularly important to avoid a descent into more global conflict.

“The idea of Iran racing to develop a nuclear weapon and the US administration seeking to stop them through military means does not bear thinking about ... this is exactly what the Trump administration are thinking about,” she continued.

Before the Commons statements on Wednesday, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said there was a need to de-escalate tensions in the wake of Mr Trump’s warning that he was ready to impose the “highest level” of sanctions on Tehran.

He also acknowledged that Mr Trump’s decision had shown the limits of European influence in Washington.

And Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Mr Trump that Iran could restart enriching uranium “without any limitations” within a matter of weeks.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the risks of a confrontation between Iran and Israel were real with tensions already running high.

He added that he and his British and German counterparts would be meeting with Iranian representatives on Monday to discuss the next steps.


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