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Scrapping the Iran Nuclear Deal Clears the Path to War

WASHINGTON - President Trump’s decision to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran could send the Middle East careering down the path of another catastrophic senseless war. This comes despite pressure from the other signatories to the agreement who all want to keep it. Scrapping the deal compromises the entire international framework for non- violent conflict resolution.

The decision gives an even greater urgency for the national demonstration against Trump's visit which is scheduled for the 13th July. This will be the first chance for tens of thousands of people throughout Britain opposed to Trumps warmongering and racist rhetoric to take to the streets, vent their anger and give a clear message to the rest of the world that Trump will meet opposition wherever he goes.

Now the US has broken the nuclear deal, Iran is free to reconstitute its nuclear programme and quickly move ahead. It could install more centrifuges and produce as much enriched uranium or plutonium as it wants. If US officials are troubled by Iran’s foreign policy now, imagine how much more powerful a nuclear-armed Iran would be.  At present Israel is the only country with nuclear weapons in the Middle East, yet it is Israel who urged Trump to scrap the deal. There must be progress towards a nuclear free Middle East.

Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition said “Trump is showing his true colours here as a warmonger, not a peace maker. This is an extremely dangerous development which presages more war not less in the region. Anti-war campaigners are part of a mass coalition which is organising to protest Trump’s visit in July and to make sure that he is aware of opposition to his plans. Opposition to war means opposition to Trump.”

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