Washington – President Donald Trump announced late on Tuesday that the US will be withdrawing from what he called the “defective” multinational nuclear deal with Iran, and said Washington would reinstate sanctions against the Islamic republic.
During his address in the White House, Trump said, “The Iran deal is defective at its core,”
“I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
He went further to call Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, and decried its influence in the Middle East.
He added, “In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanctions.”
The 2015 deal signed and worked out by the United States, five other international powers including Iran, also included easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme.
However Trump said the agreement,a key foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, did not address Iran’s ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
Iran has made it clear that renegotiating the agreement will not happen and has threatened to retaliate, but has not said what they will do when Washington’s did pull out.
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