Trump Pulls U.S. from Iran Nuclear Deal; EU Powers Declare They'll Stay
WASHINGTON -- Declaring that Iran is eventually "going to want to make a new and lasting deal," President Trump today signed a presidential memorandum ordering that U.S. nuclear sanctions be reimposed on the Tehran regime and withdrawing America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
As new National Security Advisor John Bolton watched from the sidelines in the White House Diplomatic Room, Trump stated that while the 2015 P5+1 agreement "was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb," the deal "allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear breakout."
Bolton afterward stressed to reporters off-camera, "We're out of the deal. We're out of the deal."
"Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. Last week. Israel published intelligence documents, long-concealed by Iran, conclusively showing the Iranians' regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons," Trump said. "The fact is, this was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made. It didn't bring calm, it didn't bring peace, and it never will."
Trump said after negotiations with European allies, who had lobbied the president to stay in the deal, and consulting with Middle Eastern allies it was "clear... that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement."
"American will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction, and we will not allow a regime that chants 'Death to America' to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth," he said, touting impending nuclear negotiations with North Korea and vowing to work with allies "to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat."
"In the meantime, powerful sanctions will go into full effect. If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before," Trump added.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said today that "the Americans took wrong actions since the very first day both under Obama and Trump, and they continuously intimidated the investors" who wanted to do business with Iran.
"The Americans have not complied with their undertakings and created distrust on the international scene, an issue that even the Europeans have admitted; therefore, apparently one should speak with the Americans through the language of force and there is no other solution," Larijani said, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "with or without sanctions, we have to move in such a direction to use national capabilities."
Trump noted that Iran's leaders "will naturally say that they refuse to negotiate a new deal."