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UAE, Saudi, Bahrain hail Trump act
May 10, 2018
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RIYADH: 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 US 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.”

Ziad, a Saudi businessman, said the kingdom’s leadership was correct to question the 2015 nuclear accord which had eased sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme to prevent it from being able to make an atomic bomb.

“Every couple of days we have missiles coming from Yemen and we see evidence that they are made by Iran...it is interfering in Syria, Yemen, Morocco. Other countries may accept that but here in Saudi Arabia we don’t accept that,” he said.

The Saudi foreign ministry accused Iran of using economic gains from the lifting of sanctions to develop ballistic missiles and support militant groups.

It called for a “comprehensive view that is not limited to its nuclear programme but also includes all hostile activities”.

Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, wrote on Twitter: “Iran interpreted the JCPOA as concurrence of its regional hegemony. An aggressive Iran was emboldened as a result & its ballistic missile program became both offensive & exportable.”

Trump, echoing Riyadh and Abu Dhabi’s stance, has criticised the accord, known by its acronym JCPOA, because it does not address Iran’s ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities beyond 2025, or its role in regional wars.

In his White House speech, Trump condemned Iran’s “sinister activities” including backing for groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban and al-Qaeda - charges Tehran has denied.

Abdulaziz al-Sager, head of the Jeddah-based Gulf Research Centre, said the message was significant in that it reflected Gulf Arab concerns.

“We’ve always said our concern about this agreement in 2015 was that Iran should not take it as carte blanche to go and expand its territorial influence,” he said.

Prince Mohammed, who serves as Saudi defence minister, told CBS News in March that his country would “without a doubt” develop nuclear weapons if Iran did so.

Iran has ruled out renegotiating the accord.

“There is a real risk of escalation, especially between Iran and Israel. While the Gulf states may want to see the US and Israel try to cut Iran to size, I don’t think they want to get dragged into a direct confrontation themselves. The consequences could be severe,” said Joost Hiltermann, Programme Director, Middle East and North Africa at The International Crisis Group.

Iman Taher, a Yemeni teacher in Aden, said he feared Trump’s decision will only inflame conflicts in the region.

“Iran will not accept and it will respond and increase its support for the Houthis in Yemen and its allies in Syria and Lebanon.”

Reuters

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