Matti Vanhanen (Centre), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has warned of the consequences of abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran.
“If the Iran deal collapses, the nuclear arms cycle will start all over and the price of oil will increase. Many countries replenish their budgets with oil revenue – unfortunately,” Vanhanen commented on Twitter on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump announced earlier this week that the United States will withdraw from the deal, which was designed to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. European countries, led by Germany, rushed to reaffirm their commitment to the deal in the wake of the announcement.
Trump’s decision has stirred up concerns around the world particularly due to its projected security policy implications. The United States also stated it will re-impose its heavy sanctions on Iran, a move that could inflict considerable losses on European businesses.
Erkki Tuomioja (SDP), a former Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, urged Europe to remain committed to the deal and, thereby, to defend an agreement-based system of international co-operation.
“One must ask if this is the time when you want to see American soldiers take part in exercises in Finland,” he added on Facebook.
His comments drew a straightforward response from Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence. “The answer is yes,” retorted Niinistö.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi