President Trump Withdraws US from Landmark Iran Nuke Deal

May 08, 2018 01:56 PM

President Donald Trump is railing against the Iran nuclear agreement as "a horrible, one-sided deal" based on a lie.

Trump's comments Tuesday come as he announces plans to follow through on his campaign threat to pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran during a televised address at the White House.

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Trump says that if he allowed the deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race.

He also says a constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time, but it wasn't.

Trump is calling Iran a "regime of great terror."And he says that "no action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them."
 

It wasn't immediately clear which sanctions lifted under the deal that Trump plans to immediately re-impose. He has several options. A more limited move could leave Trump more room to potentially stay in the deal if other members agree to toughen it.

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The president has long criticized the 2015 agreement, which lifted most U.S. and international sanctions against the country. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program making it impossible to produce a bomb, along with rigorous inspections.

The decision deals a profound blow to some of America's closest allies - including Britain, France and Germany, who joined the U.S. only three years ago to sign the deal.

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