United Nations inspectors have repeatedly confirmed Iran’s compliance with the deal. “A great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens of the United States”.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said he would speak to allies and the other signatories of the nuclear deal.
“The Trump administration agrees Iran is complying with the deal, which provides worldwide inspectors unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear-related sites and requires Iran to ship 97 percent of its enriched uranium stocks out of the country”.
President Trump said during his announcement that the USA would sanction any country that “helps Iran on its quest for nuclear weapons”.
Trump’s decision means Iran’s government must now decide whether to follow the United States and withdraw or try to salvage what is left of the deal.
EU President Donald Tusk said the Iran deal would be on the agenda when the bloc’s leaders meet for a summit in Sofia next week.
“That was not simply the view of my Administration”, Obama said.
Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France, and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made”. “So have our closest allies, and the global agency responsible for verifying Iranian compliance – the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”.
In announcing his decision, President Trump begged to differ, arguing that leaving the deal gives the USA even more credibility than it had before, and that leaving will help in the negotiations with newly nuclear state North Korea.
The Kingdom also supports reinstating economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, which had been suspended under the nuclear deal.
He added: “It could embolden an already risky regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most unsafe region”.
Obama isn’t the only prominent figure expressing concern over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal.
He said Iran was ready to resume its nuclear activities after consultations with other world powers which are part of the agreement.
For days, Trump had been braging that nobody knew what he would do with regard to US participation in the pact. He said the biggest concern in the near term is that the US has damaged its credibility with France, Germany and the United Kingdom – all parties to the nuclear agreement. France’s idea “deserves consideration and we can’t say we are rejecting it out of hand”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with RBC newspaper published Tuesday.
In a joint statement, French, British and German officials urged all remaining parties to remain in the deal.
Decision could undermine the US’ credibility on the worldwide stage, the former president said.
Trump’s announcement came ahead of the May 12 congressional deadline for renewing sanction waivers against Iran.
Iran has accused Israel of being behind deadly missile strikes in April against what it called Iranian “advisers” stationed in Syria.
“Instead of building on unprecedented nonproliferation verification measures, this decision risks throwing them away and dragging the world back to the brink we faced a few years ago”, Kerry said.
Mr Trump has maintained this did not happen, as has Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump did not have any kind words to say about this deal in his announcement of the U.S. pulling out of it.
France had already vowed to continue working towards a more comprehensive deal which takes into account concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile development and its involvement in numerous crises roiling the Middle East.