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Iran's recent moves over nuclear deal underline US' centrality to issue

The Europeans tried to push ahead with the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after the United States pulled out last year - but Iran's decision to stop implementing some of the provisions highlights the need to get the US back into the picture

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

LONDON • It may have surprised media commentators, but Iran's recent decision to stop implementing some provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with the world's leading powers was both entirely expected and fully predicted by Western intelligence agencies.

After all, this month marks the first anniversary of the United States' withdrawal from the agreement, "the worst deal ever negotiated" as President Donald Trump put it, with his characteristic love for hyperbole.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'Iran's recent moves over nuclear deal underline US' centrality to issue '. Print Edition | Subscribe