WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, reneging on a landmark pact and raising the question of whether Tehran might respond by resuming its frozen weapons program.
“It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement,” Trump said in a nationally televised statement delivered from the White House. “The United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
Trump further said that he would impose the “highest level” of sanctions, which would affect Iran directly and other countries that do business with the regime. But he did not specify which sanctions he would put in place or whether there would be time for foreign countries and companies to disentangle ties to Iran.