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The Papers: ‘Bitter defeat’ over Iran nuclear deal

May 8, 2018
The i
Image caption Like many papers, the i leads on the news US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from the Iran nuclear deal. Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The Middle East has been “plunged into uncertainty,” and the decision has led to fears of disruption to oil supplies, it says.
The guardian
Image caption The Guardian says Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned that the country would restart enrichment of uranium at “an industrial level” if the deal collapsed. It says currently Iran holds 300 pounds of low-enriched uranium – far less than would be needed to make a bomb.
The FT
Image caption The FT describes President Trump’s decision as “a bitter defeat” for the US’s European allies. It notes visits by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson all failed to persuade the US to stick with the deal.
Daily Telegraph
Image caption The Telegraph reports the US president was “open to striking a new, wider deal” with Iran that would address the country’s ballistic missiles programme and involvement in Syria and Yemen. Donald Trump said he wanted “a real, comprehensive and lasting solution,” the paper says.
Metro
Image caption The Metro reports the comments of Donald Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama who brokered the deal. He warned that withdrawing from the deal would leave the US with a choice between “a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East”.
Daily Mail
Image caption Northern Ireland veterans could face prosecution after a government U-turn, says the Daily Mail. It reports plans for an amnesty for former soldiers were dropped after objections from both Sinn Fein and the DUP. The paper says the decision has caused a split in the cabinet between Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley.
The Sun
Image caption The Sun leads on what it says were Sir Alex Ferguson’s first words after undergoing brain surgery. The former football manager was taken to hospital after having a brain haemorrhage.
The mirror
Image caption The Mirror has an interview with Karen Matthews, the mother of Shannon Matthews – the child who was drugged and hidden by her mum and stepfather’s uncle. They planned to find Shannon and split the reward money. The paper says Karen Matthews insists she is not “an evil mum”.
daily Express
Image caption The Daily Express reports on an eruption of “fury” after the House of Lords defeated the government four times on its EU Withdrawal Bill. The paper quotes comments by Conservative MP and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg who accused peers of using “an ermine-covered wrecking ball” to stop Brexit.
Daily Star
Image caption The Daily Star leads on comments by TV personality Kate Wright about her relationship with the children of her partner, the former footballer Rio Ferdinand. She said his children are “begging” her for a baby brother or sister.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal is “the biggest foreign policy gamble of his presidency” according to the Times.

The Daily Mirror says the president is “sticking two fingers at Europe” by ignoring his allies.

The paper says it is “a tragedy that when calm and rational thought is needed, Donald Trump is a raging bull in a hazardous Middle East china shop.”

The Papers: ‘Bitter defeat’ over Iran nuclear dealThe Papers: ‘Bitter defeat’ over Iran nuclear deal

The New York Times says the president is adept at destroying agreements but lacks the vision and patience to create new ones.

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Image caption Donald Trump signed a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement

It predicts his decision will “allow Iran to resume a robust nuclear programme, sour relations with close European allies, erode America’s credibility, lay conditions for a possible wider war in the Middle East and make it harder to reach a sound agreement with North Korea on its nuclear weapons programme.”

But Mr Trump has support from Charles Hurt of the Washington Times. He writes: “Mr Trump is shredding Mr Obama’s traitorous deal to fund Iran’s global terrorist operation with billions from American taxpayers… It is high time that all the diplomatic ‘experts’ shut up and try to learn a thing or two from a deal-maker.”

Writing for the New Statesman, the author and academic Michael Axworthy calls the decision “an act of diplomatic vandalism” which removes “one of the few anchors for stability in the Middle East”.

If the deal collapses, he says, it will be the result of “the greatest outbreak of organised stupidity in international politics in recent memory.”

But the Daily Telegraph says that Iran has brought its renewed isolation on itself with its destabilising activities and its interventions in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Plans that could lead to the prosecution of elderly army veterans who served with British forces in Northern Ireland are highlighted by the Mail and the Times.

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Image caption Karen Bradley was appointed Northern Ireland secretary in January 2018

“Betrayal of our soldiers” is the headline in the Mail, which says former soldiers now in their 70s and 80s could be hounded by a new unit set up to investigate unsolved murders committed during the conflict.

Both papers say some ministers – including Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson – want a statute of limitations that would amount to an amnesty for Northern Ireland veterans.

Such a time limit has been dropped from the proposals because of opposition from Sinn Fein, the DUP and victims’ families.

Members of the House of Lords are taking “an ermine-covered wrecking ball” to Brexit – that is the view of the Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg, whose outrage at the latest government defeats in the chamber is the front page story in the Daily Express.

In the Daily Mail, Quentin Letts says that having a hereditary peer, the Duke of Wellington, lead a Lords rebellion may not help Remainers.

With every day, he says, the House of Lords looks “riper for the abattoir”.

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The Financial Times reports that a supermarket boss who caused much amusement when he was caught on camera singing We’re in the Money is among the Sainsbury’s executives who have just exercised stock awards worth a total of £4.5m.

Mike Coupe was filmed in an unguarded moment before a television interview last week about his company’s proposed takeover of Asda, which sent the group’s stock price soaring.

Sainsbury’s has played down suggestions of a vast payday, saying Mr Coupe is not making any immediate profit. But the FT says the timing and size of the sale is likely to raise eyebrows.

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The Mail reports calls for new laws to restrict of the sale of lethal crossbows which it says can be bought in shops or online by anyone over 18, for as little as £25.

Three Labour MPs are supporting the case for tighter controls on the weapons following an investigation by the Northern Echo which found they were easy to obtain.

The Home Office says crossbows are subject to strict controls and but that it will consider whether further measures are needed.

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