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.
President Trump warns Iran of "severe consequences" if it restarts its nuclear program, one day after he announced the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal https://t.co/LKCQEg8Dlx pic.twitter.com/XoN2bwX3I2
— CNN (@CNN) May 9, 2018
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.”
My thoughts on President Trump’s Iran statement: pic.twitter.com/E5A12PKnnx
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 8, 2018
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.
The Iran Deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know what will happen. In just a short time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons…. pic.twitter.com/58qwBLzxIH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) May 9, 2018
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.
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