In an unsurprising move, President Donald Trump said the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal during a Tuesday morning conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to The New York Times.
The United States is preparing to reinstate all sanctions it had waived as part of the nuclear accord — and impose additional economic penalties as well, the person said.
A second person familiar with negotiations to keep the 2015 accord in place said the talks collapsed over Mr. Trump’s insistence that sharp limits be kept on Iran’s nuclear fuel production after 2030. The deal currently lifts those limits.
Despite pressure from his own aides and European allies, Trump’s decision – to be formally announced Tuesday afternoon – will fulfill one of his major campaign promises and undo one of Barack Obama’s major accomplishments.
Mr. Trump’s decision, while long anticipated and widely telegraphed, plunges America’s relations with European allies into deep uncertainty. They have committed to staying in the deal, raising the prospect of a diplomatic and economic clash as the United States reimposes stringent sanctions on Iran.
It also raises the prospect of increased tensions with Russia and China, which also are parties to the agreement.