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Trump pulls US out from Iran nuclear deal in break with Europe allies

May 9, 2018-

US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran, reported BBC

According to the report, the US President called the deal "decaying and rotten" and the deal was "an embarrassment" to him "as a citizen".

Going against advice from European allies, he said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015, read the report.

In response, Iran said it was preparing to restart uranium enrichment, key for making both nuclear energy and weapons, stated the BBC report.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said: "The US has announced that it doesn't respect its commitments.

"I have ordered the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to be ready for action if needed, so that if necessary we can resume our enrichment on an industrial level without any limitations," reported BBC quoting the Iranian President adding that he said he would "wait a few weeks" to speak to allies and the other signatories to the nuclear deal first.

"If we achieve the deal's goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place," said Rouhani.

The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by the UN, US and EU.

US President Trump had previously complained that the deal only limited Iran's nuclear activities for a fixed period; had failed to stop the development of ballistic missiles; and had handed Iran a $100bn (£74bn) windfall that it used "as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression" across the Middle East.

"It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of this deal," President Trump said, "The Iran deal is defective to its core."

Former President Barack Obama, who signed the deal on behalf of the US three years ago, called Mr Trump's announcement "misguided".

Published: 09-05-2018 11:40

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