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Note: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed between Iran, the P5+1(the five permanent members of the UN Security Council--China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States—and Germany) in July 2015. In October 2017 President Donald Trump announced that the United States would not make the certification provided for under the US domestic laws but stopped short of terminating the deal. On 30 April 2018, the US stated that Iran did not disclose a past covert nuclear weapons programme to the IAEA, which was required in the deal, following which on 8 May President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the agreement. International editorials on this matter are reproduced here. Editor, MEI@ND.


The Washington Post, Opinion, 20 March 2018

What happens the day after Trump pulls out of the Iran Deal?

While the public debate rages over President Trump’s threat to pull the United States out of the Iran deal, actors both inside and outside the U.S. government are planning for what happens the day after the United States exits — a scenario that looks increasingly likely. Read more at

The New York Times, Opinion, New York, 8 May 2018

Trump abandons Iran Nuclear Deal he long scorned

President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, unravelling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, isolating the United States from its Western allies and sowing uncertainty before a risky nuclear negotiation with North Korea. Read more at

The Washington Post, Opinion, 9 May 2018

Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal raises frightening questions

President Trump’s intention to violate and pull out of the Iran nuclear deal raises serious questions about what assurances Israel might have given him to do so. Did Israel commit to bomb Iranian facilities if Iran restarted certain nuclear projects? Or if Iran reached certain thresholds in nuclear development? Read more at

Economic Times, Editorial, New Delhi, 10 May 2018

Closely monitoring situation post-US pull-out of Iran deal: India

India today said it will take necessary measures to offset any adverse impact on its interests due to US President Donald Trump's decision to dump the Iran nuclear deal. There have been apprehensions that the US decision may adversely impact New Delhi's oil import from the Persian Gulf nation as well as Chabahar port project. Countries having financial dealings with Iran are expected to be hit by the comprehensive sanctions regime announced by the Trump administration after withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Read more at

The Hindu, Chennai, 10 May 2018

Deal Breaker: on the US’s withdrawal from the Iran Deal

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal is a huge setback to multilateral diplomacy and the rules-based international order. The agreement, signed in 2015 by Iran with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the EU, curtailed its nuclear programme in return for withdrawing economic sanctions. Read more at

Ha'aretz, Editorial, Tel Aviv, 13 May 2018

Arab Gulf Nations may be winners as Trump exits Iran Deal

In other, possibly smaller ways, Trump’s decision is bad news for some countries in the Gulf. European countries are trying to preserve the nuclear deal but it could collapse entirely, raising the danger of worse conflict in the region. Read more at

Newsweek, Opinion, US Edition, New York, 15 May 2018

Trump should not dare Iran to start a war

A U.S.-Iranian war could come through a preventive U.S. bombing; an Iranian   response to a covert U.S. action to undermine its regime; or through a flare-up of hostility in Syria. Exchanges of fire between Israel and Iran, like those we’ve seen on the Syria-Golan Heights border in recent days, could escalate to pull U.S. forces into war. Read more at

The Express Tribune, Opinion, Karachi, 15 May 2018

Strategic stupidity

Among President Donald Trump’s several controversial decisions, rejection of the Iran nuclear deal may prove to be the worst of all. Not only will it further destabilize the region, endanger America’s allies but also harm the US itself. It is a major blunder that amounts to strategic stupidity. Read more at

Ha’aretz, Editorial, Tel Aviv, 16 May 2018

A Disastrous Pull-out

President Donald Trump’s harshly worded declaration that the United States was withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran and re-imposing 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. Read more at

Saudi Gazette, Opinion, Jeddah, 16 May 2018

Out Iran....Free Iran

President Trump and his wiser team understood all these issues and appreciated what is at stake. They saw through the “Obamaian” appeasement logic, and Iranian “good cop, bad cop” drama. No more nativity and Mr. Nice Guy, they have decided, and found solid support from traditional allies, like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan. Read more at


Tehran Times, Opinion, Tehran, 28 May 2018

U.S. withdrawal of JCPOA likely to result in loss of economic benefits to Iran: Jenkins

Peter Jenkins, former UK Ambassador to the IAEA and UN says that “Politically, however, recognizing that U.S. intentions post-withdrawal are likely to result in a loss of economic benefits to Iran, the Europeans, Russia and China are likely to look for as many ways as possible of compensating for that economic loss.” Former associate fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy also adds that “As long as Iran is complying with the JCPOA, the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are deprived of any basis for claiming that Iran presents a nuclear threat which must be eliminated by the use of force.” Read more at

As part of its editorial policy, the MEI@ND standardizes spelling and date formats, to make the text uniformly accessible and stylistically consistent. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views/positions of the MEI@ND. Editor, MEI@ND: P R Kumaraswamy