Jerusalem joyful at Trump's crackdown on Iran

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Iran's supreme leader has threatened to "shred to pieces" the nuclear deal if the U.S. withdraws from the pact, just days after Donald Trump signalled Washington was turning its back on the 2015 agreement.

"To ask the same thing (as the Americans) about why Iran is present in the region - well, deal with it".

Tehran has said it is developing missiles exclusively for defensive purposes. His predecessor Barack Obama tended to deal with them separately, but Trump's new strategy involves addressing both the nuclear threat and "the Iranian regime's hostile actions" in general.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, too, said the 2015 nuclear deal is "working", stressing that the USA can not unilaterally cancel the global agreement.

Trump's focus includes Syria, where Iran is backing the Syrian regime and supporting Hezbollah.

Total Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily the company would examine the consequences of Trump's decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply.

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The US says Iran has carried out ballistic missile tests in violation of a UN Security Council resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal.

The new Trump approach of insisting that Iran's general aggression is addressed alongside the nuclear issue is a major blow to Tehran, and a major boon to Israel which has spent months claiming it is incongruous that a rogue state is getting an embrace from the West without being demanded to change.

Khamenei also hit out at Europe, saying Tehran would not accept pressure from European countries over its regional policy and missile programme. "It is now stating that it is against the elimination of the nuclear deal by the US", Rear Admiral Shamkhani added.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed the US President's rejection of the deal as the "rants and whoppers" of a "brute".

Israelis with an inside track on the Iran deal have reacted positively to Trump's latest position. We welcomed this, but it is not enough to ask Trump not to rip up the agreement.

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