European MPs warn United States over scrapping Iran nuclear deal

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"It is the US's and Europe's interest to prevent nuclear proliferation in a volatile region and to maintain the transatlantic partnership as a reliable and credible driving force of world politics", the MPs wrote.

The lawmakers from the three European countries that were signatories to the deal warned that abandonment of the nuclear accord would end controls on Iran's nuclear program and create a source of conflict in the Middle East. "It would also diminish our capability to keep Iran nuclear-free after the expiration of the special provisions of the JCPOA", the letter reads.

United Nations nuclear inspectors have repeatedly verified Iranian compliance with the deal.

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Tehran has once again warned the U.S. against a withdrawal from the internationally-backed 2015 nuclear deal, with the country's FM reportedly saying the consequences of such a unilateral move "will be unpleasant" for Washington.

"Not a drop of blood was spilt", they wrote.

It also warned that "an exit from the USA would have fatal consequences" and spell "lasting damage to our credibility as global partners in negotiation, and more generally, to diplomacy as a tool to achieve peace and ensure security".

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A U.S. withdrawal would open a deep divided between the United States and Europe, despite common concern over Iran's ballistic missile program and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. "Tehran's reaction to America's withdrawal of the deal will be unpleasant", State TV quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying, upon his arrival in NY. "Tehran's reaction to America's withdrawal of the deal will be unpleasant", TV quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on his arrival in NY.

Trump has derided the deal as a capitulation to Tehran and has declared it no longer is in the USA interest to maintain the sanctions relief his predecessor Barack Obama granted Iran in return for controls on its nuclear programme.

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The European leaders are trying to preserve the accord between global powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program.

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