by Gary Willig
US President announces US will no longer be party to 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, reinstates 'powerful sanctions.'
US President Donald Trump announced that the US is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday.
The President made the announcement during a press conference at the White House.
Trump called the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) an "embarrassment" that "should never have been reached."
"After the sanctions were lifted, the dictatorship used its new funds to build nuclear capable missiles, support terrorism, and cause havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond."
Trump criticized the JCPOA's sunset provisions. "The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime can still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time. The deal's sunset provisions are totally unacceptable."
He also stated that that deal's inspection provisions are too weak and that it failed to constrain Iran's ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism.
Trump cited Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Neyanyahu's presentation of Iran's nuclear archive last week as proof that Iran cannot be trusted to abide by its commitments under the JCPOA or to abandon its desire to develop nuclear weapons.
"Last week, Israel published intelligence documents long concealed by Iran conclusively showing the Iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons."
He said that the US would reinstate sanctions on Iran. "We will be instituting the highest level of nuclear sanctions."
"We will not allow American citizens to be threatened with destruction, and we will not allow a regime that chants 'death to America' to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth."
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