Reality Check: Why Did Trump Abandon the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Reality Check: Why Did Trump Abandon the Iran Nuclear Deal?

"It is clear to me that we can not prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement", Trump said on Tuesday.

Six countries, including the U.S. negotiated the deal: the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russian Federation - as well as Germany.

As part of the deal, Iran agreed to reduce its number of centrifuges - tube-shaped machines that help enrich uranium - by two-thirds.

The EU, said Roule, should have made clear it would enact further sanctions on Iran swiftly over its ballistic missile program and "regional adventurism". "The global reach of USA sanctions makes the USA the economic policeman of the planet, and that is not acceptable", said France's finance minster.

Iranian lawmakers lit a paper of an American flag on fire while chanting "Death to America" after the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

The UK, France and Germany have expressed concern and regret over the decision and have committed to stay in the deal.

Iran has denied ever pursuing nuclear arms.

Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting in Washington, Mr Trump was asked whether he believed Iran would restart activity in the wake of the United States decision to pull out of the 2015 agreement.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also said Iran must abide by its commitments under the separate nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty "in a way that will ensure that Iran remains a country free of nuclear weapons".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, have lobbied Trump directly during meetings last month. A senior Israeli official said Sunday that Trump had not informed Israel of whether it will withdraw from the agreement.

"Unilaterally walking away from this agreement will leave America isolated instead of Iran, weaken our worldwide credibility during a critical moment with North Korea and recklessly put the catastrophic threat of a nuclear-armed Iran back on the table", said U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., whose district includes south Gwinnett.

As for what will happen next, no one is quite sure.

Johnson said he had no problem with Trump's goal for a lasting solution to Iran's nuclear threat and other Iranian policies seen as malign by London and Washington, but added: "The question is: how does the US propose to achieve it?"

While Tehran's regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel applauded Trump's decision to pull Washington out of the 2015 accord, Iran reacted furiously to the move, with lawmakers burning a U.S. flag and chanting "Death to America".

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani told the fired-up lawmakers in Parliament Wednesday that "Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues". The U.S. exit from the deal throws billions of dollars of planned European investments into disarray.

The IAEA has so far confirmed that Iran is adhering to its "nuclear-related commitments", although the United States administration questions that conclusion. We in Brussels say this is a multilateral agreement, endorsed by a United Nations Security Resolution.

"We maintain military options because of Iran's bellicose statements and threats", he said at a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and "those plans remain operant".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a decision to ally himself with the likes of European leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel over our allies the United States and Israel when it comes to the troubled Iran deal.