Saudi welcomes Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran deal

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By withdrawing from the deal, we have weakened our ability to address these other concerns. In exchange, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rigorous inspections.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would remain committed to the multinational pact.

Rouhani, however, stressed that the deal could survive without the U.S.

After lengthy negotiations and tight oversight by the Obama administration, Boeing in December 2016 announced a landmark agreement to sell Iran Air 80 aircraft valued at $16.6 billion. Israel may now rush into conflict with Iran, betting it can draw in the United States. "The deal didn't reduce Iran's aggression, it dramatically increased it".

In the statement, the three countries requested the USA not obstruct other nations as they attempt to implement the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Signatories to the 2015 deal to curb the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions urged Trump not to fundamentally undermine the UN Security Council-endorsed agreement so that the other parties - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran - can continue to respect it.

In a joint statement, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany urged Iran to "continue to meet its own obligations under the deal", despite the USA withdrawal.

In his announcement to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, Donald Trump did not emphasise the technical aspects of the agreement, as much as the activities of the Iranian regime that he called a "leading sponsor of terror" and one that "has funded its long reign of plundering the wealth of its own people".

During a podcast interview in March, Dubowitz said the notion the Iran deal "cut off all pathways to nuclear weapons" was "just nonsense".

European Union powers see the deal as the best way to stop Iran developing a nuclear bomb, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his government was committed to a nuclear deal with world powers. "The United States no longer makes empty threats".

"There is no point criticising it for what it didn't do when that may not have been the original intent of the deal". Those countries have known for the past two years that the foundation of the agreement was tenuous, he said. He said if his demands to "fix the deal" were not met within 120 days, the U.S. would withdraw from the deal on or before the deadline. The politicians also burned a piece of paper representing the JCPOA, as parliament speaker Ali Larijani claimed Trump "does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues".

The deal, however, does not directly stop Iran from testing or firing ballistic missiles. Trump has repeatedly pointed at that, while referring to the accord as the "worst deal ever". "At a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] risks losing a deal that accomplishes - with Iran - the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans", he said.

President Donald Trump signs a Presidential Memorandum on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Washington.

Trump's decision offers him a domestic political victory, fulfilling a longstanding campaign promise and underscoring his no nonsense political brand. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal.

Iran has already promised a "fierce" response, sparking panic in Israel where defence systems have been activated.

"I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake", he cautioned in a statement.

Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump's decision Tuesday a "historic move".

He said: "The Iran deal is defective at its core".

Recent developments and power struggles in the region led the United States, and other nations in the global north, to decide that they did not want Iran to have advanced nuclear capabilities at all.

But Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the USA president's decision as "a historic move".

Although the US and Europeans made progress on ballistic missiles and inspections, there were disagreements over extending the life of the deal and how to trigger additional penalties if Iran were found in violation, USA officials and European diplomats have said.

Iran could order more missile strikes into Saudi Arabia from Yemen and there could be more activity between Israel and Iran in Syria, she said.

Iranian lawmakers lit a paper U.S. flag on fire at the Parliament on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump's nuclear deal pullout, shouting, "Death to America!"

Rather than protecting the U.S. and its allies, he said it had placed "very weak limits on the regime's nuclear activity and no limits at all on its other malign behaviour, including its sinister activities in Syria, Yemen and other places".