U.S. pullout from nuclear deal unlikely to subdue Iran

Leroy Wright
May 14, 2018

Israel meanwhile said the accord failed to guarantee that Tehran would not ultimately develop nuclear weapons, having spent recent years developing a ballistic missiles programme.

Zarif's comments came as thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstration since Trump announced his decision Tuesday.

Iran's hard-liners are already mobilizing against any concessions to Europe, with hundreds protesting in Tehran after Friday prayers, saying it was time to abandon the deal.

"Let's face it, Europe is still in its infancy with regard to the common foreign policy", she said.

Iran must tread a delicate line as it seeks to show resolve against Trump and the Israeli strikes without alienating the European partners it needs to salvage something from the nuclear deal. Zarif will meet Tuesday with his counterparts from Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Brussels. "Other powers. haven't kept their word", Macron said, without naming a country directly.

"We hope we can, but there are a lot of things playing a role in this", she said. As the USA coalition focused squarely on eliminating what's left of ISIS - while letting other anti-American entities metastasize - the balance of power has shifted towards the Iranian axis, allowing for the Tehran regime and its proxies to usurp territory and influence.

In a statement, the military said the targets included what it described as Iranian intelligence sites: a logistics headquarters belonging to the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, military compounds, munition storage warehouses of the Quds Force at Damascus International Airport, intelligence systems associated with those forces, and military posts and munition in the buffer zone between the Syrian Golan Heights and the Israeli-occupied portion of the strategic plateau.

Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes, calling them a "blatant violation of the country's sovereignty".

Israel attacked dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria this week in response to an Iranian rocket barrage in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

The statement said "the Iranian regime's reckless actions pose a severe threat to regional peace and security".

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"The global community should prevent the entrenchment of the Iranian Quds Force in Syria". Germany, France and Britain want talks to be held in a broader format on Iran's ballistic missile programme and its regional military activities, including in Syria and Yemen.

Iran has numerous strike possibilities and Israel must be on its highest alert for every scenario.

"The result is a coalition that rather goes against their nature", said Denis Bauchard, Middle East expert at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) in Paris.

Downing Street called for calm on both sides and urged Tehran to refrain from further assaults.

Iran's foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the U.S. withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria, reports AFP.

Qasemi was quoted by Iranian news agency Irna as saying that the strikes confirm "the hegemonic nature of the Zionist regime".

On Thursday, in response to the Golan Heights attack, Israel said its fighter jets had struck nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure inside Syria - some 70 targets - in its biggest assault since Syria's civil war started in 2011. Under President Trump, the USA has pointedly not joined this chorus, nor should we.

"Whoever hurts us, we will hurt him sevenfold. That is what we have done and that is what we will continue doing", Netanyahu said.

The Golan was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, and in 1974, a United Nations observer force was set up to monitor the ceasefire reached that year by Israel and Syria.

Syrian media said it was the first time in years that Syrians had fired at Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.

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