16 Oct 2017
United States President Donald Trump has refused to continue signing off an international major nuclear deal with Iran, saying it has not abided with terms of the agreement and continues to support terrorism.
Trump also imposed new sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which he described as the Iranian Supreme Leader’s ‘corrupt personal terror force and militia.’
In a speech on Friday, Trump said Iran has “committed multiple violations” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement, such as exceeding a key restriction on two occasions and intimidating international inspectors.
“As I have said many times, the Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” he said.
In the US, the deal is required to be certified every 90 days. Congress will now decide if the US should pull out of the deal.
However Trump indicated that, as president, he could still directly terminate the deal in the event that a workable solution could not be reached with Congress and allies.
The 2015 JCPOA deal – which imposed restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for easing sanctions – was signed by Iran, the UK, US, Russia, France, Germany and China.
In reaction to Trump’s announcement, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly questioned whether the US leader could annual a multilateral international treaty on his own, “Apparently he doesn’t know that this agreement is not a bilateral agreement solely between Iran and the United States.”
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