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Trumps Isolationism Maps a Course to Collision with Traditional Allies

United States (US) President Donald Trump withdrew the Republic from the international pact known as the Iran Nuclear Deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in 2015 to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities.

In pulling the US out of the international pact signed between Iran, the US, the United Kingdom (UK), France, China, Russia and Germany, Trump has underscored an unprecedented US isolationist position. As a result, the president has pointed the US toward a collision course with allies, who have expressed an intent to honor the signed Iran treaty. 

Having the lone support of Israel and Saudi Arabia to reimposing harsh sanctions on Iran, Trump has left open to skepticism any signed US treaty as he prepares to meet with North Korea's leadership, seeking some kind of denuclearization deal. Trump has also expressed an intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement of Climate Change.

But Trump's withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal does not kill the international agreement. Instead, he has confirmed a growing US isolationism, given the fact that the leaders of France, the UK and Germany, have been quick to issue a joint statement affirming their commitment to the international nuclear pact.

"Together we emphasize out continuing commitment to the JCPOA", the European leaders said in a statement released in the UK after telephone consultations between Theresa May of the UK, Emmanuel Macron of France and Angela Merkel of Germany. "This agreement remains important for our shared security," France 24 reported, citing the joint European statement.

"We urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal," the joint European statement read.

France's President Emmanuel Macron, has said he regretted Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear pact. Macron's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared: "There's an American withdrawal from the deal but the deal is still here." Similarly, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas contends:"We will try to keep alive this important agreement, which ensures the Middle East and the world as a whole are safer". Also, European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has declared: "The European Union is determined to preserve it" (the deal) and "Together with the rest of the international community, we will preserve this nuclear deal."

While China expressed regret over Trump's action, Russia said it was deeply disappointed. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to France 24, "There are no - and can be no - grounds for breaking" the deal..."The United States is undermining international trust in the International Atomic Energy Agency."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in response to Trump's withdrawal confirmed: "I have ordered the foreign ministry to negotiate with the European countries, China and Russia in the coming weeks. If we achieve the deal's goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place."

Yet, while European nations, Russia and China seek to maintain the Iran Nuclear Deal, it remains highly likely that Trump's isolationism would collide with the policies of traditional allies as they seek to engage a Trump sanctioned Iran.