Reactions have trailed US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the United States from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran.
Calling it “decaying and rotten”, Trump had said the deal was “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”.
The Iran Deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know what will happen. In just a short time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons…. pic.twitter.com/58qwBLzxIH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2018
Speaking in contrary to advice from European allies, he said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.
Iranian lawmakers set fire to the U.S. flag inside the country’s parliament following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. https://t.co/z3vo5f3oLq pic.twitter.com/aYLPdYMpgG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 9, 2018
In response, Iran said it was preparing to restart uranium enrichment, key for making both nuclear energy and weapons.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said:
“The US has announced that it doesn’t respect its commitments.
France, Germany, and the UK regret the U.S. decision to leave the JCPOA. The nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 8, 2018
“I have ordered the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to be ready for action if needed, so that if necessary we can resume our enrichment on an industrial level without any limitations.”
He said he would “wait a few weeks” to speak to allies and the other signatories to the nuclear deal first.
“If we achieve the deal’s goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place,” he said.
But Saudi Arabia says it “supports and welcomes” President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Iran deal, and backs his plan to reinstate sanctions on the regime.
Saudi Arabia, in a statement, also said:
“The Kingdom reaffirms its support of the strategy previously announced by President Trump towards Iran, and hopes the international community will take a firm and unified stance against the Iranian regime, and its destabilizing aggression in the region, its support to terrorist groups, particularly Hizbollah and the Houthis militias, and its support of the Assad regime—who has committed heinous crimes against its people that led to the death of more than half a million civilians, including through the use of chemical weapons.”
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly ? BWCS (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 9, 2018