BERLIN: About 500 lawmakers from Germany, France and Britain on Thursday urged the US Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal which President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

“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 MPs from the parliaments of the three European signatory countries said the landmark 2015 deal was a “major diplomatic breakthrough” that had halted the imminent threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

“We were able to impose unprecedented scrutiny on the Iranian nuclear prog­ra­mme, dismantle most of their nuclear enrichment facilities and drastically diminish the danger of a nuclear arms race,” they wrote. “Not a drop of blood was spilt.”

Scrapping the agreement would result “in another source of devastating conflict in the Middle East and beyond,” they warned in an open letter published in several newspapers.

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

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2018

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