May 9, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the US withdrawal from what he called the “defective” multinational nuclear deal with Iran, and said Washington would reinstate sanctions against the Islamic republic, pitting him against the United States’ closest allies and leaving the future of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in question.
“The Iran deal is defective at its core,” Trump said in a televised address from the White House. “I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
In announcing his decision, Trump said he would initiate new sanctions on the regime, crippling the touchstone agreement negotiated by Barack Obama, his predecessor.
Trump said any country that helps Iran obtain nuclear weapons would also be “strongly sanctioned.”
“This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” the President said. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
“It failed to protect America’s national security interests,” Trump said.
Responding to Trump’s decision, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran could resume uranium enrichment “without limit”.
“I have instructed the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation to take the necessary measures for future actions so that if necessary we can resume industrial enrichment without limit,” he said on state television.
“We will wait several weeks before applying this decision. We will speak with our friends and allies, the other members of the nuclear agreement,” he said.
U.N. Secretary-General Guterres said he is deeply concerned by U.S. decision to withdraw from the deal, calling on all other parties to fully abide by deal commitments.
And, former President Obama called Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal ‘misguided’ and a ‘serious mistake’.
“I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake,”Obama said in a rare statement reported by the Fox News.
‘France, Germany, Britain ‘regret’ Trump’s decision’
French President Emmanuel Macron said France, Germany and Britain regretted US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“France, Germany, and the UK regret the US decision to leave the JCPOA (Iran deal). The nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake,” he wrote on Twitter.
“We will work collectively on a broader framework, covering nuclear activity, the post-2025 period, ballistic activity, and stability in the Middle-East, notably Syria, Yemen, and Iraq,” he added.
British PM May, German Chancellor Merkel and French Pres. Macron later in the day issued joint statement expressing “regret and concern” following Trump’s announcement: “Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld.”
Commenting on Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the international deal, senior associate at The Wilson Center, Michael Kugelman, tweeted: “Leaving the #IranDeal will have far-reaching and deleterious geopolitical consequences–including in South Asia and especially #Afghanistan, where the US is fighting its longest-ever war–that will go well beyond matters of nonproliferation and US-Iran relations. Not good.”