Iran's Zarif Says Trump Has Been Lured by Allies Into Killing 2015 Nuclear Deal

Zarif said on Twitter that Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had killed an earlier agreement as well

File photo: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sits for an interview with Reuters in New York, New York, U.S. April 24, 2019
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump's allies had tricked the U.S. president into killing off a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.

Zarif said on Twitter that Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had killed an earlier agreement in 2005 by insisting that Iran stop all uranium enrichment.

"Now they've lured @realdonaldtrump into killing #JCPOA (the 2015 nuclear deal) w/the same delusion," Zarif added.

Iran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big moves away from the agreement that Washington abandoned last year.

"#B_Team sold @realDonaldTrump on the folly that killing #JCPOA thru #EconomicTerrorism can get him a better deal," Zarif wrote, referring to the nuclear deal by its acronym, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"As it becomes increasingly clear that there won’t be a better deal, they're bizarrely urging Iran's full compliance. There's a way out, but not with #B_Team in charge."

Zarif has in the past said that a so-called "B-team" including U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran.