US President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled the United States out of Iran nuclear deal, an international agreement aimed at stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, saying he would reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran immediately.
Trump’s move is a snub to European allies such as France, Britain and Germany who are also part of the Iran deal and tried hard to convince the US president to preserve it.
The Europeans must now scramble to decide their own course of action with Tehran.
His not surprising decision is likely to raise the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upset America’s European allies and disrupt global oil supplies.
“This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said at the White House. “It didn’t bring calm. It didn’t bring peace. And it never will.”
The 2015 deal, worked out by the United States, five other international powers and Iran, eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program.
Trump said the agreement, the signature foreign policy achievement of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, does not address Iran’s ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 nor its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
However, less than one in three Americans agrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted May 4-8, ahead of the Republican president’s announcement to end the deal, found that 29 percent of adults wanted to end the deal with Iran and five other world powers to ease sanctions and limit Iran’s nuclear program.
Another 42 percent said the United States should remain in the deal, and the remaining 28 percent said they “don’t know.”Pass WAEC, NECO, JAMB like a boss - Practise for FREE on ExamblyApp!
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