Iranian politicians set the US flag on fire and chanted 'death to America' after Trump pulled out of the Iran deal

 

  • Lawmakers gathered in Iran's parliament building on Wednesday to express their anger at the US leaving the Iran deal.
  • President Donald Trump removed the US from the accord the night before, and attacked Iran's "long reign of terror and chaos."
  • Around 20 lawmakers set fire to a paper US flag and a copy of the deal. They chanted "death to America," the traditional anti-US slogan in Iran
  • European governments want to salvage the deal, and Iran said it will continue to comply for now.


Members of Iran's parliament set fire to a US flag and chanted "death to America" after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Around 20 lawmakers gathered in the chamber early on Wednesday, the morning after Trump pulled out of the deal and attacked their government's "long reign of chaos and terror.

The hardline lawmakers, including at least one Shiite Muslim religious leader, chanted "Death to America," the traditional anti-US slogan in Iran, as they set the paper flag on fire.

They also burned a copy of the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. After the papers had finished burning, the lawmakers stamped on their ashes.

Flag-burning and other displays of anti-US sentiment are common in Iran, but rarely make it inside the formal corridors of power in so visceral a form.

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US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement during a statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intent to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that re-instates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. After two and a half years of negotiations, Iran agreed in 2015 to end its nuclear program in exchange for Western countries, including the United States, lifting decades of economic sanctions. Since then international inspectors have not found any violations of the terms by Iran. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump made a long television address on Tuesday afternoon explaining his decision to ditch the deal, which he described as "rotten and decaying."

US allies, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, said publicly that they disagreed with Trump's assessment and would continue to uphold the deal.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, said that the country will continue to abide by the deal for now.

Read Business Insider's full coverage of the Iran deal here.

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