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However, she didn't go as far as other European leaders.

- Conservative prime minister Theresa May called Trump after his public statement and said she was "disappointed" with the decision and that the United Kingdom was still committed to meeting the targets set out by the deal.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas told The Associated Press that the Paris accord "was, and still is a very important goal to achieve".

"I regret the decision of the U.S. president", Merkel said on Thursday evening.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the USA president's move "can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet".

"Selfishness and irresponsibility will be made clear to the world, crippling the country's world leadership."

France, Germany, Italy then issued a joint statement saying the Paris agreement could not be renegotiated.

The statement said: "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated". "I think a lot of people are missing the point, including Mr Trump", Mr Tong said. Now the only countries outside the accord are the United States, Nicaragua and Syria. "For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging". "Ibec will continue to work with the Irish Government and partners in Europe to ensure a cost-effective and equitable transition to a low carbon economy", Mr Minogue said. Jake Jacoby said the actual global impact of meeting targets under the Paris accord would be to curb rising temperatures by 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

The United Nations said America's exit from Paris was a "major disappointment", with a spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging the USA to remain a "leader on environmental issues".

"We must continue to resist global climate change through continuing our commitment to clean energy and other green technology".

Chinese state media was far less generous than their government, calling the us president's decision "reckless and foolish".

Schweitzer said other countries should stick to their commitments, but warned that attempting to compensate for the US withdrawal by other countries redoubling their commitments would be self-defeating. However, she expressed disappointment at the United States decision to pull out from the agreement in a phone call with Trump. Nevertheless, Trudeau said he would keep lines of communication open in order to "discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind".

"In addition to being disappointed, I'm also angry", Yamamoto said.

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Even oil giants such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell have said the United States should abide by the Paris deal.

According to the agreement, by 2025, the USA was to reduce gas emissions by 26-28% in comparison with the levels seen ten years ago. Yet it was a momentous step to finally strike a global bargain involving the world's largest emitters and smaller nations put most at risk from rising oceans, more intense storm surges or debilitating droughts.

  • Zachary Reyes