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What future for the Iran nuclear deal?

President Trump must decide by 12th May whether to stick with the agreement

By Ali Ansari  

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Parspix/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

The prospect of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, or “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” on 12th May—when he has to consider whether he will renew the sanctions waivers—is causing understandable consternation in European capitals, where there has been a concerted effort to persuade the United States to stay in.

The agreement was reached after two years of detailed and at times tedious negotiations, and resulted in restrictions being placed on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for a gradual lifting of those sanctions pertaining to the nuclear…

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