Iran blasts Donald Trump’s “mistake,” European allies try to salvage nuke deal

Tehran: For most Iranians, and certainly the government of President Hassan Rouhani, President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal was a devastating blow. Hardliners in Tehran were maneuvering on Wednesday to take advantage.
CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer says conservative lawmakers burned a paper U.S. flag in Iran’s Parliament and chanted the familiar refrain, “death to America!” Later Wednesday, angry students protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, burning more American flags and offering similar chants against the U.S.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei blasted Mr. Trump’s speech as “silly and superficial,” claiming it contained at least “10 lies,” but offering no specifics. “You have made a mistake, Trump,” Khamenei said, arguing that Mr. Trump couldn’t “do a damn thing” to harm the Islamic Republic.
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Iranian lawmakers burn two pieces of paper representing the U.S. flag and the nuclear deal as they chant slogans against the U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, May 9, 2018. AP
Hardliners in Iran hope Mr. Trump’s decision will mark the beginning of the end of the country’s moderate government, led by Rouhani. The president, who staked his reputation on the benefits of the deal, told the world last night that as far as Iran is concerned, the deal is not dead, and he vowed to continue to work with the other five countries still committed to saving it.
Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China had all urged President Trump not to abandon the accord, and most of those nations signaled early on Wednesday a determination to try and keep the deal alive.