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Iran has condemned Israel’s attacks on its forces inside Syria as the crisis in the Middle East worsens following US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a nuclear accord with Tehran.

Israel attacked dozens of Iranian targets in Syria just two days after Trump announced his plan to withdraw from the 2015 agreement

Trump, who is preparing for a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong –un in Singapore in June to discuss the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, has angered his international partners over his unilateral decision.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in contact with Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani that she was still supporting the 2015 deal – as long as Tehran upheld its obligations. President Emmanuel Macron of France also gave Rouhani the same assurances.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks over the US decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear accord.

According to the Kremlin: ‘The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the unilateral withdrawal of the US was discussed. The importance of preserving the deal from a point of view of international and regional stability was highlighted.’

Donald Trump said the 2015 deal did not go far enough to remove the possible threat to the US and its allies. 

US president Donald Trump could block a proposed 100 aircraft deal between Airbus and IranAir as the European manufacturer uses some US-supplied components. 

Tehran signed deals with airline western airline manufacturers worth $38billion following the 2015 nuclear deal.

Airbus would require a US export licence because of the amount of American technologyh in their aircraft.

IranAir had planned to take 100 jets from Airbus, 80 from Boeing and 20 aircraft from ATR. 

Israel’s ambassador to the UN has urged the Security Council and the UN’s secretary general to condemn Thursday’s missile attacks. 

In a letter to secretary general Antonio Guterres, he wrote: ‘The international community must not stand idly by while a tyrannical regime attacks a sovereign nation and continues to threaten the very existence of a member-state of the United Nations.’

He added: ‘Israel is not interested in escalation, but under no circumstances will we allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria whose purpose is to attack Israel and to deteriorate an already fragile situation in the region.’

Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told AFP: ‘We hit nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria. 

‘I hope we’ve finished this episode and everyone understood.’

Israel claimed Iranian-backed forces fired 20 Fajr or Grad rockets at their troops based on the Golan Heights. 

French finance minister Bruno Le Marie said Europe should push back harder against Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran. 

He told Europe-1 radio: ‘Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?

‘Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?’

Iran said it expects Airbus to announce whether it plans to proceed with a major deal for new aircraft. 

Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan, a senior government adviser told the Fars news agency: ‘Airbus will announce its decision in the coming days … no down payment has been made by Iran to the plane makers for future deliveries.’ 

US ambassador to Berlin Richard Grenell said German firms should ‘question the morality’ of doing trade deals with Iran. 

He said: ‘Every country is sovereign and can decide for itself on sanctions. But Germany, France and Britain, the “EU3”, say themselves that Iran poses a threat. Do they want to do business with a threat?’

In an interview with Bild, he continued: ‘If so then all companies chiefs who want this should stand up and say: “we want to do business with the mullahs”.’

UN peacekeepers based in Lebanon were monitoring the situation between Israel and Iran following Thursday morning’s attacks. 

AFP reports that officials fear the Iranian-backed Hezbollah could launch attacks on Israel from its positions in Southern Lebanon. Hezbollah could retaliate from its positions in southern Lebanon. 

UN spokesman Andrea Tenenti said: ‘We are monitoring the overall situation, but in relation to our area, the situation has been quiet.’ 

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement ahead of next month’s summit: ‘We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula.’

Tom Plant, expert in nuclear and proliferation issues at London’s Royal United Services Institute said Singapore is ‘a great location’ for the historic meeting.

‘Kim will be on friendly territory, not hostile territory. But he wouldn’t be on home turf.’ 

Asian shares were boosted today as tensions on the Korean peninsula eased with ahead of next month’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Economists at JP Morgan advised investors: ‘Trump still needs President Xi (Jinping) and China’s support in dealing with North Korea and this will be his priority in the short term.

‘Once the meeting is finished, trade may return to the fore.’

Iran on Friday supported Syria’s right to defended itself against aggression from Israel, state TV reported, accusing others of remaining silent over the attacks on Tehran’s key regional ally.
‘Iran strongly condemns …(Israel’s) attacks on Syria. The international community’s silence encourages Israel’s aggression. Syria has every right to defend itself,’ the broadcaster quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.
According to Reuters, Israel said it had attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time, in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries.

 

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