President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Wednesday, just one day after announcing the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal that was implemented by President Barack Obama in 2015.
Trump warned Iran not to restart their nuclear weapons program, something which Iran has reportedly considered doing in response to the reimposed sanctions Trump announced on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after Wednesday's cabinet meeting, the president said:
I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program. I would advise them very strongly. If they do there will be very severe consequence.
Trump added that Iran's influence in the Middle East makes them a particularly dangerous player on the world stage.
With all of the places they’re involved, it’s bedlam and death and we can’t allow that to happen. They’ve gotta understand life. ‘Cause I don’t think they do understand life.'
Iran has stated it intends to remain in the agreement, in which England, France, Russia, China, and the European are all participants. What remains to be seen, however, is how Iran will respond to American provocations. On Tuesday, videos emerged of members of Iranian Parliament burning pictures of the American flag and chanting, "death to America."
It should be noted that the IAEA, American intelligence, and the Irani government have all confirmed that Iran has remained compliant to the agreement, which Trump falsely claimed was not the case during his withdrawal announcement.
Allies of the United States have lamented Trump's decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, too. German, French, and English leaders issued a scathing rebuke of Trump following his announcement.
Together, we emphasize our continuing commitment to the JCPOA. This agreement remains important for our shared security.
Former President Barack Obama also issued a response, outlining his disappointment and opining that leaving the agreement is a huge mistake.
The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense.