Iran leader warns Trump not to isolate Amer­ica over nuke deal

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - International -

WASH­ING­TON — Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani lashed out at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, charg­ing that U.S. op­po­si­tion to the Ira­nian nu­clear deal has only united all Ira­ni­ans and brought sym­pa­thy to­ward Tehran from Europe.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of his cabi­net, Mr. Rouhani warned Mr. Trump against tak­ing such “hos­tile ac­tion,” and sug­gested that even if the United States pulls out, Iran will up­hold its side of the agree­ment, known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion, if it serves Ira­nian in­ter­ests through con­tin­ued eco­nomic ties with Europe, ac­cord­ing to trans­lated ex­cerpts ob­tained by McClatchy.

“To­day, those who sup­port and op­pose the JCPOA are united with a sin­gle voice,” Mr. Rouhani said Wed­nes­day. “We con­sider vi­o­la­tion of a com­mit­ment wrong and treach­er­ous against the in­ter­ests of our coun­try, the re­gion and the world.”

Mr. Trump was ex­pected to “de­cer­tify” the Iran nu­clear deal soon, declar­ing the Obama-era pact not in U.S. in­ter­ests and launch­ing a con­gres­sional re­view of the agree­ment. Mr. Trump has ar­gued that Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the pact and charged Tehran with sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and ex­port­ing vi­o­lence.

“The pres­i­dent has reached a de­ci­sion on an over­all Iran strat­egy and wants to make sure we have a broad pol­icy to deal with that, not just one part of it, to deal with all of the problems of Iran be­ing a bad ac­tor,” White House Press Sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said Tues­day.

But Mr. Trump has re­ceived lit­tle sup­port from the other five world pow­ers in­volved in the pact that lifted crip­pling eco­nomic sanc­tions on the Ira­nian regime in re­turn for re­stric­tions on nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties.

On Tues­day, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May of the United King­dom phoned Mr. Trump to urge him to re­con­sider, call­ing the agree­ment “vi­tal for re­gional se­cu­rity.” France and Ger­many — also sign­ers — also have pres­sured the White­House to re­main.

De­cer­ti­fy­ing the deal doesn’t end the agree­ment, but is seen as the first step to­ward a full dis­man­tling as it kicks the is­sue to Con­gress for de­bate over whether to re­in­sti­tute pre­vi­ous sanc­tions.

Cuba’s dan­ger­ous sound?

It sounds sort of like a mass of crick­ets. A high­pitched whine, but from what? It seems to un­du­late, even writhe. There are mul­ti­ple, dis­tinct tones that sound to some like they’re col­lid­ing in a nails-on-the-chalk­board ef­fect.

The As­so­ci­ated Press has ob­tained a record­ing of what some U.S. Em­bassy work­ers heard in Ha­vana in a se­ries of un­nerv­ing in­ci­dents later deemed to be de­lib­er­ate at­tacks.

The record­ing, re­leased Thurs­day by the AP, is the first dis­sem­i­nated pub­licly of the many taken in Cuba of mys­te­ri­ous sounds that led in­ves­ti­ga­tors ini­tially to sus­pect a sonic weapon.

What de­vice pro­duced the orig­i­nal sound re­mains un­known. Amer­i­cans af­fected in Ha­vana re­ported the sounds hit them at ex­treme vol­umes.

Whether there’s a di­rect re­la­tion­ship between the sound and the phys­i­cal dam­age suf­fered by the vic­tims is also un­clear.

The U.S. says that in gen­eral the at­tacks caused hear­ing, cog­ni­tive, vis­ual, bal­ance, sleep and other problems.

Lethal road­side bomb

A road­side bomb that killed an Amer­i­can sol­dier in Iraq ear­lier this month was of a par­tic­u­larly lethal de­sign not seen in six years, and its reap­pear­ance on the bat­tle­field sug­gests that U.S. troops could again be fac­ing a threat that be­dev­iled them at the height of the in­sur­gency here, U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

J. Scott Ap­ple­white/As­so­ci­ated Press

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., re­sponds to ques­tions about the nu­clear agree­ment with Iran dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton.

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