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Trump announces US will pull out of Iran nuclear deal Trump announces US will pull out of Iran nuclear deal
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Calling Iran "a murderous regime," Trump says U.S. will withdrawal from landmark 2015 international agreement Calling Iran "a murderous regime," Trump says U.S. will withdrawal from landmark 2015 international agreement
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<strong>Reading a prepared statement in slow, measured tones inside the White House, President Donald J. Trump announced today the United States will withdrawal from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action">Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action</a> (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.</strong> <strong>Reading a prepared statement in slow, measured tones inside the White House, President Donald J. Trump announced today the United States will withdrawal from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action">Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action</a> (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.</strong>
“The Iran deal is defective at its core,” Trump said. “The Iran deal is defective at its core,” Trump said.
Following Trump’s announcement, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that U.S. sanctions on Iran will be re-imposed over <a href="https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/iran.aspx">90-day and 180-day wind-down periods</a>. The U.S withdraws from the Iran nuclear deal as soon as sanctions are reapplied. Following Trump’s announcement, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that U.S. sanctions on Iran will be re-imposed over <a href="https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/iran.aspx">90-day and 180-day wind-down periods</a>. The U.S withdraws from the Iran nuclear deal as soon as sanctions are reapplied.
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump has long-opposed the diplomatic agreement established under the Barack Obama administration. He called JCPOA the “worst deal in history” during the 2016 presidential campaign, and repeatedly threatened to leave the agreement once elected unless changes were made. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump has long-opposed the diplomatic agreement established under the Barack Obama administration. He called JCPOA the “worst deal in history” during the 2016 presidential campaign, and repeatedly threatened to leave the agreement once elected unless changes were made. </span>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-rouhani/rouhani-says-iran-will-remain-in-nuclear-deal-without-u-s-idUSKBN1I92T7?il=0"> Iran will remain in JCPOA as long as the other countries honored its framework</a>, despite <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/05/iran/developing-president-trump-considers-leaving-iran-nuclear-deal/6633/">Iran's previous pledge</a> to leave the agreement if the U.S. did so first. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-rouhani/rouhani-says-iran-will-remain-in-nuclear-deal-without-u-s-idUSKBN1I92T7?il=0"> Iran will remain in JCPOA as long as the other countries honored its framework</a>, despite <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/05/iran/developing-president-trump-considers-leaving-iran-nuclear-deal/6633/">Iran's previous pledge</a> to leave the agreement if the U.S. did so first.
<h2>What is the Iran nuclear deal?</h2> <h2>What is the Iran nuclear deal?</h2>
The Iran nuclear deal is an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached in 2015 between Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, and European Union. The agreement stipulates Iran will eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent, and reduce by about two-thirds the number of its gas centrifuges for 13 years. In return for verifiably abiding by its commitments, Iran will receive relief from the United States, European Union, and United Nations Security Council nuclear-related economic sanctions. The Iran nuclear deal is an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached in 2015 between Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, and European Union. The agreement stipulates Iran will eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent, and reduce by about two-thirds the number of its gas centrifuges for 13 years. In return for verifiably abiding by its commitments, Iran will receive relief from the United States, European Union, and United Nations Security Council nuclear-related economic sanctions.
As a presidential candidate, Trump vehemently and regularly criticized the deal as one-sided, in favor of Iran. Today, he characterized reversing the United States’ obligations under the deal as keeping a promise. As a presidential candidate, Trump vehemently and regularly criticized the deal as one-sided, in favor of Iran. Today, he characterized reversing the United States’ obligations under the deal as keeping a promise.
Trump spent most of the approximately 11-minute statement bitterly criticizing the Iranian government and deriding the deal agreed to by the Obama administration, which he referred to as “the previous administration.” Trump spent most of the approximately 11-minute statement bitterly criticizing the Iranian government and deriding the deal agreed to by the Obama administration, which he referred to as “the previous administration.”
“The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror,” Trump said. He said the Iranian government was responsible for “sinister activities in Syria, Yemen, and other places all around the world.” “The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror,” Trump said. He said the Iranian government was responsible for “sinister activities in Syria, Yemen, and other places all around the world.”
He called the original JCPOA “rotten” and “an embarrassment” and said it had failed to curtail Iranian ambitions to develop nuclear weapons. He called the original JCPOA “rotten” and “an embarrassment” and said it had failed to curtail Iranian ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.
“Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon,” he said. “Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon,” he said.
Trump ended his statement by calling for “a lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat.” He also appealed to the Iranian people, saying the American public is allied with them in a desire for “peace and stability” in the Middle East. Trump ended his statement by calling for “a lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat.” He also appealed to the Iranian people, saying the American public is allied with them in a desire for “peace and stability” in the Middle East.
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<h2>Supporters of Trump's decision to withdraw</h2> <h2>Supporters of Trump's decision to withdraw</h2>
<strong>Israel's government</strong> <strong>Israel's government</strong>
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<li>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately <a href="https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/watch-netanyahu-praises-trump-for-withdrawing-from-iran-nuclear-deal">praised Trump's decision</a> to leave the Iran nuclear deal <em>(PBS). </em></li>  <li>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately <a href="https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/watch-netanyahu-praises-trump-for-withdrawing-from-iran-nuclear-deal">praised Trump's decision</a> to leave the Iran nuclear deal <em>(PBS). </em></li>
<li>Netanyahu, and other members of the Likud Party, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31685220">have fiercely criticized the Iran nuclear deal</a> since it was being negotiated under the Obama Administration.</li>  <li>Netanyahu, and other members of the Likud Party, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31685220">have fiercely criticized the Iran nuclear deal</a> since it was being negotiated under the Obama Administration.</li>
<li>Netanyahu claims that JCPOA does not prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. In a<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qBt4tSCALA"> televised announcement</a>, the prime minister claimed that Israeli intelligence uncovered documents proving Iran was still pursuing nuclear weapons. The documents, however, <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/30/netanyahu-claims-to-show-irans-secret-nuclear-files-obtained-by-israel.html">all pre-dated JCPOA </a><em>(CNBC). </em>  <li>Netanyahu claims that JCPOA does not prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. In a<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qBt4tSCALA"> televised announcement</a>, the prime minister claimed that Israeli intelligence uncovered documents proving Iran was still pursuing nuclear weapons. The documents, however, <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/30/netanyahu-claims-to-show-irans-secret-nuclear-files-obtained-by-israel.html">all pre-dated JCPOA </a><em>(CNBC). </em>
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<li>While many provisions in the Iran nuclear deal will expire as soon as 2020, <a href="https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/03/1004112">the International Atomic Energy Agency has found no evidence</a> that the Iranian government is currently developing the fissile material needed to develop nuclear weapons.</li>  <li>While many provisions in the Iran nuclear deal will expire as soon as 2020, <a href="https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/03/1004112">the International Atomic Energy Agency has found no evidence</a> that the Iranian government is currently developing the fissile material needed to develop nuclear weapons.</li>
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<strong>Saudi Arabia</strong> <strong>Saudi Arabia</strong>
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<li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-gulf/saudi-arabia-says-backs-u-s-decision-to-withdraw-from-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I92SH">Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry</a> said that it supported U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which they say allowed Iranian to destabilize and exert control over the Middle East.</li>  <li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-gulf/saudi-arabia-says-backs-u-s-decision-to-withdraw-from-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I92SH">Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry</a> said that it supported U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which they say allowed Iranian to destabilize and exert control over the Middle East.</li>
<li>The <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-nuclear-deal-saudi-arabia-arab-allies-israel-middle-east-sunni-shiite/">Saudi government opposed the Iran nuclear deal</a> since it was being negotiated under the Obama Administration. They were concerned that how lifting economic sanctions would strengthen the largest Shiite Muslim country, and Saudi Arabia's number one regional foe. <em>(CBSNews). </em></li>  <li>The <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-nuclear-deal-saudi-arabia-arab-allies-israel-middle-east-sunni-shiite/">Saudi government opposed the Iran nuclear deal</a> since it was being negotiated under the Obama Administration. They were concerned that how lifting economic sanctions would strengthen the largest Shiite Muslim country, and Saudi Arabia's number one regional foe. <em>(CBSNews). </em></li>
<li>Since international sanctions began to be lifted in 2015, Iran has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/world/middleeast/iran-syria-israel.html">expanded military operations</a>, primarily in Syria where it has helped keep the Syrian government in power <em>(New York Times).</em> Saudi Arabia and Israel have increased their diplomatic ties in light of what they see as increased Iranian aggression.</li>  <li>Since international sanctions began to be lifted in 2015, Iran has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/world/middleeast/iran-syria-israel.html">expanded military operations</a>, primarily in Syria where it has helped keep the Syrian government in power <em>(New York Times).</em> Saudi Arabia and Israel have increased their diplomatic ties in light of what they see as increased Iranian aggression.</li>
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<strong>United Arab Emirates</strong> <strong>United Arab Emirates</strong>
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<li><a href="https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/UAE-supports-US-withdrawal-from-Iran-nuclear-deal-554849">Reuters reports</a> that the UAE government joins its regional ally Saudi Arabia in supporting Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. (Need original link)</li>  <li><a href="https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/UAE-supports-US-withdrawal-from-Iran-nuclear-deal-554849">Reuters reports</a> that the UAE government joins its regional ally Saudi Arabia in supporting Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. (Need original link)</li>
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<h2>Opposition to Trump's decision to withdraw</h2> <h2>Opposition to Trump's decision to withdraw</h2>
<strong>European Union</strong> <strong>European Union</strong>
<ul> <ul>
<li>French President Emmanuel Macron <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-france/frances-macron-visits-trump-as-iran-nuclear-deal-hangs-in-balance-idUSKBN1HU0E9">visited Washington D.C. on April 22</a> with the explicit goal of getting Trump to reconsider his position on the Iran nuclear deal.</li>  <li>French President Emmanuel Macron <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-france/frances-macron-visits-trump-as-iran-nuclear-deal-hangs-in-balance-idUSKBN1HU0E9">visited Washington D.C. on April 22</a> with the explicit goal of getting Trump to reconsider his position on the Iran nuclear deal.</li>
<li>UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-britain/britain-france-and-germany-agree-on-support-for-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I00GE">believes that the Iran nuclear deal</a> offered the most effective way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.</li>  <li>UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-britain/britain-france-and-germany-agree-on-support-for-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I00GE">believes that the Iran nuclear deal</a> offered the most effective way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.</li>
<li>German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports preserving JCPOA, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-iran-germany/merkel-we-should-broaden-negotiating-framework-for-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I321K">but urged for the deal to be renegotiated</a> as Trump deliberated pulling out of the agreement.</li>  <li>German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports preserving JCPOA, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-iran-germany/merkel-we-should-broaden-negotiating-framework-for-iran-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1I321K">but urged for the deal to be renegotiated</a> as Trump deliberated pulling out of the agreement.</li>
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<strong>Many Israeli generals</strong> <strong>Many Israeli generals</strong>
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<li>Former Israeli Major General <a href="https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-ex-intel-official-u-s-exit-from-nuclear-deal-would-help-iran-1.6055374">Amos Gilad told a Haaretz journalist</a> that an end to JCPOA would make Israel less safe. He cited Russia, China and the European Union's continued support for the deal as evidence that Iran will not return to isolation.</li>  <li>Former Israeli Major General <a href="https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-ex-intel-official-u-s-exit-from-nuclear-deal-would-help-iran-1.6055374">Amos Gilad told a Haaretz journalist</a> that an end to JCPOA would make Israel less safe. He cited Russia, China and the European Union's continued support for the deal as evidence that Iran will not return to isolation.</li>
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