International: Trump announces US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 14:30

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and re-impose sanctions on Iran, a decision likely to anger allies who fear the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the heart of the Middle East.

"The Iran deal is defective at its core," Trump said during a speech at the White House.

Trump also announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is again traveling to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un in order to set up a meeting with Trump about Kim's nuclear programs.

Trump denounced the 2015 agreement as "disastrous," saying it gives Iran too much room to cheat on nuclear weapons development, though in the past he has delayed steps that would effectively render it moot.

“We cannot prevent an Iranian bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement,” the president said in justifying his decision. “Therefore, I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”

Democratic lawmakers and other supporters of the agreement said the decision would alienate allies and encourage Iran to disregard the deal and pursue nuclear weapons.