Are these the allies Iranian surrogate Barack Obama was referring to?
Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies….. Barack Obama.
On the contrary. President Trump said, “If I allow this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Everyone would want their weapons ready by the time Iran had theirs.” And the nuclear arms race would be between these very countries.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt Welcome President Trump’s Withdrawal From JCPOA
MEMRI, May 8, 2018:
U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 8, 2018 announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and its reinstatement of the harsh sanctions against Iran won broad support from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. Saudi Arabia officially stated that it welcomed the announcement, calling it vital in light of the flaws inherent in the agreement and in light of Iran’s taking advantage of it to develop its ballistic missile program and to support terror organizations in the Middle East. The Saudi announcement also expressed hope that the international community would take a similar firm position vis-à-vis Iran.
Saudi officials, among them Foreign Minister ‘Adel Al-Jubeir and Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Khaled bin Salman, tweeted similar sentiments, and the Saudi press published numerous articles and cartoons on the subject.
Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain also released announcements expressing their support for Trump’s decision to leave the JCPOA, and pointed out the flaws in the agreement.
This report will review the reactions of support for President Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA:
Saudi Al-Riyadh Editorial: Trump’s Decision Is An Historic Event; Iran Must Give Up Its Aggressive Path
The Saudi government daily Al-Riyadh’s May 9, 2018 editorial, titled “Washington Has Had Its Say,” stated: “The announcement by the American president Donald Trump of his country’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is an important historic event on the international level. Following this announcement, the agreement… became in effect a thing of the past, with the most important country’s and largest superpower’s withdrawal from it.
“Trump’s statements will go down in history. They have many assertive messages to Iran and its supporters, and even to the U.S.’s European allies, [clarifying that] the U.S. will in no way agree to ambiguous positions and will act forcefully to prevent the Iranian regime from taking advantage of this agreement in order to realize its dream of obtaining nuclear weapons that will threaten the region and the entire world…
“Washington has had its say, and this means the reinstatement of the sanctions connected to Iran’s nuclear program, that were lifted by the previous U.S. president, Barack Obama, following the international community’s catastrophic mistake of trusting the regime of the ayatollahs.
“Although Iran and other elements that benefit from the P5+1 group’s mistake [i.e. the JCPOA] are downplaying the value of Trump’s announcement, this battle is over, and if Iran is really interested in returning to the international community, it must change its behavior and give up its aggressive path, which is manifested in striving to obtain weapons of mass destruction…”
Saudi Arabia Welcomes Trump’s Announcement, Expresses Wish That The International Community Would Uniformly Take A Similar Stand vis-à-vis Iran
A short time after President Trump’s announcement, Saudi Arabia released an official announcement welcoming it, that stated: “Saudi Arabia supports and welcomes the steps announced by President Donald Trump regarding the U.S.’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and supports the announcement of the reinstatement of the economic sanctions on Iran, that had been lifted in accordance with the nuclear agreement. Saudi Arabia’s previous support for the nuclear agreement was based on full belief in the need to act in any way possible to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and in the world. But Iran took advantage of the economic benefit [it gained] from the lifting of the sanctions in order to continue its activity to destabilize the region, particularly by developing ballistic missiles and by supporting terror organizations in the region – including Hizbullah [in Lebanon] and the Houthi militias [in Yemen] that use capabilities provided by Iran to harm the citizens of Saudi Arabia and Yemen and to repeatedly block international seaways, thus grossly violating [UN] Security Council resolutions…
“Saudi Arabia hopes that the international community will take a firm and uniform stand vis-à-vis Iran and its hostile activities, which destabilize the region; vis-à-vis its support for terror organizations, particularly Hizbullah and the Houthi militia; and vis-à-vis its support for the regime of [Syrian President Bashar Al-]Assad, that has committed the most loathsome crimes against its own people, leading to the deaths of over half a million civilians, including by means of chemical weapons.
“Based on all this, Saudi Arabia stresses that it will continue to act together with its partners in the U.S. and the international community to achieve the longed-for goals, as declared by the U.S. president. The Iranian policy’s threat to the peace and security of the world must be tackled with a comprehensive outlook that is not limited to its nuclear program, but includes all its aggressive activity, particularly its interference in the affairs of the countries in the region and its support for terrorism. [This must be dealt with in a way that] will completely prevent Iran from being able to possess weapons of mass destruction.”
Saudi Newspapers Report President Trump’s Announcement On Front Pages
Saudi newspapers gave top billing to reports about President Trump’s announcement. The May 9, 2018 front page of the Al-Jazirah daily declared “Trump Neutralizes the Nuclear [Deal].”
Likewise, the May 9, 2018 front page of Al-Riyadh stated: “Trump Announces The Lie of the Nuclear Deal.”
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