In an announcement of his intention to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, President Trump declared that the US will not allow regimes that chant “Death to America!” to possess nuclear weapons. Iranian politicians responded by chanting “Death to America!” while burning the US flag inside of parliament.
China on Wednesday voiced regret over the decision and vowed to “safeguard” the agreement.
“China calls on all relevant parties to assume a responsible attitude, bear in mind the long-term and general interest, persist towards a political and diplomatic resolution and properly control disputes, so as to return at an early date to the right track of implementing the deal,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing.
Russia's acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia remained committed to the deal.
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies basked in what they saw as a political victory over Iran, their rival for regional influence, after Washington withdrew from the international nuclear accord with Tehran.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain swiftly backed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Tehran, reflecting their concern about Iran's ballistic missile programme and support for militant groups.
“Paris and London may not like Trump’s decision, but how would the French or British feel if their capital cities came under direct threat by the Iranians?” Faisal Abbas wrote in Saudi Arabia's English-language Arab News daily next to a headline that read: “The deal is dead.”