“If I allowed this deal to stand, there would be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East,” Trump said.
The president added that “powerful” US sanctions against Iran would now go into full effect. Washington, he said, “will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,” and will not allow “a regime that chants ‘Death to America'”to access nuclear weapons.
Trump also said that the US and its allies would work to counter Iran, including its missile program, its nuclear ambitions, and its meddling across the Middle East. Calling Iran a “regime of great terror,” the president alleged that the country was the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Speaking to reporters, the president also said that his decision would “make America much safer.”
Responding to Trump’s announcement, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France, Germany and the UK regret the decision.