The Latest: Iran media weighs Trump’s nuclear deal pullout

The Latest: Iran media weighs Trump’s nuclear deal pullout
The Latest: Iran media weighs Trump’s nuclear deal pullout

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision to pull America out of the Iran nuclear deal (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal is dominating newspaper front pages and discussions across Iran, with some saying the accord will go on “without the troublemaker.”

Iranian moderate newspapers on Wednesday sought to buoy embattled President Hassan Rouhani, with the daily newspaper Asr-e Eghtesad proclaiming: “Iran’s diplomacy has blunted Trump’s blade.”

The state-run IRNA news agency referred to Trump as “the troublemaker.” Meanwhile, the hard-line daily Kayhan went with: “Trump tears apart the nuclear deal; It is time to set it afire!”

President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that Iran could restart enriching uranium “without any limitations” within weeks, after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal, though the Iranian leader said world powers still in the accord could potentially save the pact.


9:45 a.m.

Iran’s parliament speaker is saying his country will evaluate the European Union’s ability to protect the nuclear deal.

In an opening speech Wednesday expressing pessimism about future of the deal, Ali Larijani said: “The period is only a window in which the EU can prove if it has enough weight for settling down international issues or not?”

He also said that Iran will examine diplomatic ways at first, but he also urged the country’s nuclear department to prepare for “resumption of all aspects of nuclear activities.”

Larijani added Iran is not after hasty “reaction and adventurism.”


9:35 a.m.

Iranian lawmakers have set a paper U.S. flag ablaze at parliament after President Donald Trump’s nuclear deal pullout, shouting, “Death to America!”

Lawmakers held the impromptu demonstration inside parliament on Wednesday, the day after Trump’s decision. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal.

The chant “Death to America” long has been used in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. It also has been common to hear it within parliament.

However, Wednesday’s demonstration shows the public anger coursing through Iran after Trump’s decision.

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday he’d send his foreign minister to negotiate with countries remaining in the nuclear deal after Donald Trump’s decision to pull America from the deal, warning he otherwise would restart enriching uranium “in the next weeks.” (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)