Iran: Iranians react to Trump’s decision to give JCPOA one 'last chance'

Iranian newspapers and citizens reacted to US President Trump’s decision to uphold for now The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Tehran on Saturday. The announcement came a day after EU members expressed their joint support for Iran’s nuclear deal and praised its success. Speaking from Washington DC on Friday, Trump said: «I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions... Еще, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal.» He added, «this is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.» In Iran, Tehran residents expressed different viewpoints both on Trump and his decision. Ali Kheradmand, a retired man, called Trump’s demands unpractical saying that, “this [JCPOA] is a global agreement, and it is not just the US that imposes sanctions and applies pressure.” Some expressed the opinion that Iran needed to show a stronger stance against Trump and his position. A citizen, Majid Vala, said, “I think Iranians should react against his behaviour and his words.” Sajad Shie ali, a PhD student echoed this, saying “the more weakness we show, the more demanding they [the US] become.” A employee, Ali Afzali, emphasised the role of the European Union in upholding the JCPOA stating that “it [the EU] will negotiate with America, and they will try to save the JCPOA by negotiating.» Iranian newspapers echoed similar viewpoints, opining that Trump was toying with JCPOA and making unpractical demands, with the Vatan-e Emruz newspaper calling his terms ‘impossible’ and Shahrvand newspaper singling him out as the ‘JCPOA hostage-taker.' Most headlines hinted at a latent relief about Trump’s decision with the Arman newspaper's headline reading ‘America stays in JCPOA’ and Shargh newspaper saying ‘JCPOA survives a sharp turn.'

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