Donald Trump exits Iran nuclear deal, vows 'highest' sanctions
- Gina Pena
Leaders from France and Germany both made recent visits to the White House and lobbied the president to fulfill its worldwide agreement. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the British objective will remain to uphold and maintain the deal.
In increasingly desperate attempts to dissuade Mr Trump from abandoning the JCPOA, EU leaders, most recently Mr Macron and Dr Merkel, have flown to Washington to argue with the president that far from going soft on Iran, they are determined to take it to task over its ballistic missile programme and its military activities in Syria and Yemen.
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Ahead of Mr Trump's speech, senior British diplomats said the United Kingdom government was "deeply pessimistic" about Mr Trump's announcement over the Iran nuclear deal this evening. "If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen".
The statement was released by the aerospace giant shortly after Trump's remarks again lambasting the 2015 agreement as "defective at its core".
The president also issued a not-so-veiled threat at Iran's leaders.
With a stroke of his pen President Trump has jeopardised the one agreement - good or bad -that seeks to constrain Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail".
"Today's action sends a critical message", Trump said.
"Other than Trump's personal dislike for Barack Obama's legacy, the United States does not stand to gain by walking away from the JCPOA", wrote Vladimir Frolov, Russian political analyst and columnist, in Tuesday's Moscow Times.
Trump also said he would reimpose tough economic sanctions on the regime in Tehran.
It wasn't immediately clear which sanctions lifted under the deal that Trump plans to immediately re-impose.
Mr Trump also questions the deal's so called sunset clauses that allow it to expire within a decade. Which is to say: A new front just opened up in Trump's trade war.
Treasury said at the end of those periods, the sanctions will be in "full effect".
The Deputy FM said that Iran is following the recommendations of UN Security Council Resolution №2231, which covered the JCPOA accord, to refrain from developing nuclear-capable delivery vehicles.
"The fact is this was a terrible, one-sided deal that should never, never have been made".
A slower withdrawal process could allow more room for Trump to reverse course later and decide to stay - if he secures the additional restrictions on Iran that European nations tried unsuccessfully to negotiate to prevent him from withdrawing.
Even among those who are registered as Republicans, less than half - 44 percent - advocated ending the USA involvement in the deal.
Conflict between the U.S. and Iran may not happen; we could get lucky.
The move will likely cause the United States relations with its European allies, which have committed to sticking with the accord, to plunge further into uncertainty.
"This is a historic decision that provides the prospect for a new era of security and stability in the Middle East", The Jerusalem Post quoted the Israeli envoy.
If he does leave it would be a promise kept from the campaign trail, but one that will be opposed by some of Washington's key allies, including France, Britain and Germany.
"The deal with Iran is the culmination of 12 years of diplomacy", European Union high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday night in response to the USA decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
The president is set to announce his decision on the deal ahead of his May 12 deadline.