World leaders react to US withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal
President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from a multinational nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the deal is "defective at its core" and announcing "the highest level of sanctions" against Tehran.
Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers – the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union – Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons.
In exchange, international sanctions were lifted, allowing it to sell its oil and gas worldwide. However, secondary US sanctions remain. United Nations inspectors have repeatedly confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal.
Trump said the agreement – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was a "horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made".
In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would bypass Washington and negotiate with the other signatories of the deal, calling the US move "unacceptable".
Following Trump's speech on Tuesday, there was an immediate reaction by world leaders, including the other parties to the landmark deal.