EU cannot save nuke deal with Iran after US exit, says Iranian military leader

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“Europe can not act independently on the issue of the nuclear agreement,” said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of the Islamic Revolution.

He was quoted by the Fars news agency after the United Kingdom, France and Germany said they were still tied to the deal.

Hossein Salami added that Iran’s enemies want to pressure the country via economic sanctions, and that “resistance, not diplomacy, is the only way to deal with these enemies.”

The Iranian military’s comment comes after the statement by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he had doubts about the ability of European countries to safeguard Tehran’s interests.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Europe should replace the United States as a global leader after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran.

On May 8, Donald Trump announced that Washington is no longer part of the Joint Global Action Plan (JCPOA) and has pledged to reintroduce tougher economic sanctions against Iran in response to the alleged development of the Republic’s nuclear program Islam.

Israel’s attacks on Iranian positions in Syria are planned actions after the United States has left the Iranian nuclear deal, believes Russian Rep. Leonid Slutsky.

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“Israel’s attacks on Iranian positions in Syria are direct and planned actions after the US exit from the nuclear deal and is another link in the chain of Israeli-American provocations against Iran,” said Slutsky, chair of the Duma Foreign Committee (lower house of the Russian parliament).

For the Russian parliamentarian, such actions are very destructive and undermine security in the region.

“So Tel Aviv increases the threat of real military confrontation with Tehran,” he said, adding that “escalation of anti-Iranian hysteria is explosive.”

The deputy stressed the importance of solving all problems in the region without force, noting that the Joint Global Action Plan (also known as Iran’s nuclear agreement) was created for this.

Last night, the Israeli military reported that Iranian forces had fired about 20 missiles from Syrian territory against Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. In response, the Israeli Air Force attacked Iranian facilities on Syrian territory.

According to the Haaretz newspaper, Israeli attacks have left both Iranians and Syrians injured.

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