On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that the US is pulling out of the Iran deal, referring to it as “disastrous” and an “embarrassment.” He also stated that there is “definitive proof” that Iran has lied about pursuing nuclear weapons since the agreement was put in place in 2015, and threatened Iranian leadership if they continue their “nuclear aspirations.”
“If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations,” said Trump, according to a report by the Daily Mail, “it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before.”
“It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement.”
“The Iran deal is defective at its core,” Trump continued. “If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen: In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons.”
Trump has been a vocal opponent of the deal, which he’s called “insane” and “the worst deal in history.”
The president did imply that the Obama administration had sound intentions with the deal, but that Iranian lies derailed it.
“In theory, the so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime,” Trump stated.
“In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and, over time, reach the brink of nuclear breakout.”
“We will not allow a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ to gain access to the most deadly weapons on earth,” he added.
Trump also stated his intention to reimpose strict sanctions on Iran and asserted that the US would punish any nation that assists Iran in its mission of acquiring nuclear capabilities.
“America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,” Trump asserted.
Some world leaders had warned Trump against rescinding the deal, including European allies, stating that the US pulling out of the agreement could lead the remainder to fall apart.
Iran’s Hassan Rouhani pledged to stay with the deal on Monday as long as European nations guarantee his nation’s interest will be protected.
“If we can get what we want from a deal without America,” said Rouhani, “then Iran will continue to remain committed to the deal.”
“What Iran wants is our interest guaranteed by non-American signatories.”