Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump Announces U.S. Will Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Agreement

Donald Trump

Donald Trump announced today that the United States will be leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The 2015 agreement between the United States, Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and the European Union eased sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

In withdrawing from the nuclear deal, Trump says the U.S. will reinstate "the highest level" of sanctions against Iran.

Responding to the news, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his country, "I have ordered Iran's Atomic Energy Organization to be ready to restart industrial nuclear activities in case we feel it is needed."

In a rare public expression of disagreement, former President Obama issued a statement which read, in part, "The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers."

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