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A Disastrous Pullout

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09.05.2018

President Donald Trump’s harshly worded declaration that the United States was withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran and reimposing economic sanctions that had been lifted as a result of the accord increases the danger of a clash in the region. But it is too early to know whether the international community will agree to give up the relative calm that the nuclear deal gave it. It is important to wait and see the response of the European countries and Russia and China, which are also signatories to the agreement. Will they pull out in the wake of the United States’ decision and join in reimposing sanctions on Iran? If so – who? And no less important, what will Iran’s response be?

Since the European countries, Russia and China will not necessarily follow the U.S., various scenarios could ensue, including the possibility that the agreement will remain in force despite the American withdrawal. The U.S. pullout could........

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