Trump 'all but decided' to pull out of Iran nuclear deal

The close relationship between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron was underlined during the latter’s official state visit in April. But even the French president does not know what his American counterpart will do on Iran

According to a senior Israeli official, Netanyahu informed Trump about the evidence during a meeting in Washington on March 5 and that the USA president agreed Israel would publish the information before the deadline, Reuters reported on May 1.

The deal was struck by the UK, China, Frnace, Germany, Russia, the United States and Iran.

Tehran will not agree to renegotiate or change the nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

President Trump is expected to pull out of the agreement later this month if the European Union does not make necessary changes to the deal.

"Iran is committed to the nuclear deal but if the USA backs off" from the accord "we won't stay either", Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by state-run Mehr news agency as saying Thursday.

Mr. Velayati also warned against any move to try to renegotiate the deal signed by Iran and six world powers in 2015 curbing Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The hawkish premier claimed that he had new "proof" via captured documents that Iran had developed a nuclear weapons plan, which could be activated at any time.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on May 3 warned against ditching the JCPOA if it could not be replaced with a viable alternative.

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The BBC said one of its Afghan reporters, Ahmad Shah, was killed the same day in a separate attack in the eastern Khost province. In 2002, he became a full-time photo stringer, rising through the ranks to become the bureau's chief photographer.

Their ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, told CNN on Wednesday failure for USA compliance "means that there is no deal left".

Mr Guterres called on the United States leader not to withdraw from the deal, saying that it risked a real possibility of war if the agreement was not maintained.

"I understand the concerns of some countries in relation to the Iranian influence in other countries of the region".

Trump has said he will pull out of the pact if amendments are not made, including a proposal to limit Iran's ballistic missile program, which Iran has maintained is a defensive deterrent. "Iran accepts the nuclear agreement as it has been prepared and will not accept adding or removing anything", he said.

"I don't know what the USA president will decide on May 12", Macron said during a visit to Sydney. One of the White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was possible Trump will end up with a decision that "is not a full pullout" but was unable to describe what that might look like.

Johnson said on Tuesday that the Iran nuclear deal was "based on tough verification", and London would stick with it despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations about Tehran "secretly" pursuing a nuclear weapons program before signing the agreement. Analysts and family members of dual nationals and others detained in Iran say hard-liners in the Islamic Republic's security agencies use the prisoners as bargaining chips in negotiations with the West.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Guterres said there was a real risk of war if the 2015 agreement was not preserved. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called into question the legitimacy of the U.S. and Israel making moves to have the deal scrapped after it gained the consensus of five world powers in 2015 in what was widely regarded at the time as a significant diplomatic victory in the worldwide community.

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