Iran warns of ‘unpleasant’ response if US drops nuclear deal

Updated 20 April 2018
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Iran warns of ‘unpleasant’ response if US drops nuclear deal

  • FM says Iran has several options if the United States leaves the nuclear deal
  • US President Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to “fix the terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal

ANKARA, Turkey: Iran warned the United States on Thursday of “unpleasant” consequences if Washington pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, Iranian state TV reported.
“Iran has several options if the United States leaves the nuclear deal. Tehran’s reaction to America’s withdrawal of the deal will be unpleasant,” TV quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on his arrival in New York.
Under Iran’s settlement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program to satisfy the powers that it could not be used to develop atomic bombs. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.
US President Donald Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to “fix the terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal, or he will refuse to extend US sanctions relief on Iran.
Iran has said it will stick to the accord as long as the other parties respect it, but will “shred” the deal if Washington pulls out. 




 


Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

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Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is expected to leave hospital on Sunday afternoon after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a Palestinian official and medical source said.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity surrounding the 83-year-old’s hospitalization at the Istishari Arab Hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
One of the sources said his release could occur around 2:00 p.m. (1100 GMT).
His extended hospitalization has led to widespread speculation over his condition, particularly with no successor publicly in line for the Palestinian presidency.
Pictures and video of Abbas walking around the wards and reading a newspaper were published late Monday, in an apparent attempt to calm rumors that his condition was more serious than reported.
Abbas was admitted on May 20 with complications following an ear operation, including a high fever.
Officials have since confirmed he was being treated for pneumonia.
In February, he underwent what were described as routine medical tests in the United States.
Abbas won a four-year term as president in 2005, but he has since remained in office without further elections.
Abbas argues the split between his Fatah party and Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has made elections politically impossible.
A moderate, he has been involved in decades of negotiations with Israel but is unpopular among Palestinians, with the majority wanting him to step down.