Trump announces US withdrawal from 'defective' Iran deal

In Washington, Saudi ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman reiterated the support, and said the nuclear deal "has fueled Iran's malicious expansion driven by its extremist ideology".

He called Tehran the world's leading state sponsor of terror, and decried its influence in the Middle East.

Trump continued to insist Iran is not in compliance on the deal, despite evidence to the contrary from his own top officials.

After President Donald Trump took the USA out of the 2015 nuclear deal, European leaders are asking Iran keep its end of the bargain. Trump's announcement from the White House marked potentially the worst-case scenario for the relative moderate, as the country's economy continues to reel despite the deal and may further worsen. And many say they have not seen any benefits from the nuclear deal.

Iran "is seeking to plant very unsafe weapons in Syria for the specific objective of our destruction", Netanyahu said at the end of a three-way meeting with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece in the Cypriot capital Nicosia.

Trump is operating under a May 12 deadline for deciding whether to reimpose US sanctions on Iran. United Nations inspectors have repeatedly confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal.

These monitors have found that Iran has stayed true to its promise to denuclearize; because of this, most of the United States' allies put heavy public pressure on President Trump to stay in the deal. "By exiting the deal, America has officially undermined its commitment to an global treaty", Rouhani said in a televised speech.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Trump's comments about brokering a better deal with Iran is "an illusion".

"The United States remains our closest partner and friend, and we will continue to work together on many other issues", she said.

"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's decision means Iran's government must now decide whether to follow the U.S. and withdraw or try to salvage what remains of the deal. And if the United States is serious about regime change, it would require military action, which would devastate the region. "The deal didn't reduce Iran's aggression, it dramatically increased it". It effectively copes with all the goals set for it. Iran strictly sticks to its commitments, which is regularly confirmed by the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency].

Saudi Arabia, a power that considers Iran to be its main regional foe, also hailed Trump's move.

As leaders across the world criticized the decision, Israel praised Trump's announcement.

She warned she was "particularly worried" by Trump's announcement of new sanctions on Iran, saying the European Union would act to defend its economic interests.

"Following today's announcement, we will consult with the USA government on next steps", said Gordon Johndroe, a vice president of government operations communications.

"It is with regret and concern that we, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump's decision to withdraw", read a statement by President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Theresa May.

  • Leroy Wright