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Fallout from Iran nuclear deal continues

The impact of President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) continues to be felt, with the split between the United States and Europe as wide as ever and the main protagonists issuing competing (and equally unrealistic) demands. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo set out Washington’s ‘plan B’ in a speech on 21 May, in which he listed 12 conditions before the United States would change course, including a halt to Iran’s ballistic missile build-up and an end to support for Lebanon’s Hizbollah, Yemen’s Houthis and others.

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