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Trump may scrap Iran nuclear deal — media

May 08, 2018, 3:10 UTC+3 NEW YORK

Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal on May 8

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US President Donald Trump

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NEW YORK, May 8. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump appears inclined to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, The New York Times said, citing diplomatic sources.

"Diplomats who were familiar with the negotiations said Mr. Trump appeared inclined to scrap the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran that were suspended in an accord reached in Vienna in July 2015," the newspaper wrote. "But it is unclear whether he would moderate that move, perhaps by allowing the European nations to move ahead with their economic relations with Tehran without being penalized by the United States," The New York Times added.

On Monday, Trump said he would announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday.

Iran nuclear deal issue

In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, which particularly stipulates the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump has many times criticized the deal accusing Iran of violating it. He particularly said that it was "one of the most incompetently drawn deals" that he had ever seen.

On January 12, Trump stated that the United States may withdraw from the deal unless it was amended. In late April, a US administration official said that Washington, Paris, Berlin and London had made progress in talks on amending the deal but no final decision had been taken.

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