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As it happened: Trump announces US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Saul Loeb, AFP | US President Donald Trump announces the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at the White House, Washington, May 8, 2018.

US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the US will withdraw from the six-nation nuclear deal with Iran and will introduce new sanctions on Tehran. Follow the announcement and international reaction as it happened with FRANCE 24's live blog.

  • “I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said from the White House. A presidential memorandum would begin reinstating "the highest level of economic sanctions", he said, adding: "Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States." Senior Trump aides later specified that companies would have 90 to 180 days to wind down business in Iran before facing punitive measures.
  • Iran had warned of "severe consequences" if the White House withdraws from the agreement – known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA – and said it would also leave the deal if the US pulled out. However, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said Tuesday that Iran might remain in the accord with the other five signatories: Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. Speaking on state television, Rohani said Iran was considering restarting its industrial enrichment programme but would wait until conferring with the other parties to the nuclear deal. "We will wait several weeks before applying this decision. We will speak with our friends and allies, the other members of the nuclear agreement."
  • French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that France, Germany and the United Kingdom "regret the American decision to exit the Iran nuclear accord". On his visit to Washington late last month, Macron sought to convince Trump to remain in the Iran agreement.
  • In a joint statement shortly after Trump's announcement, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany said their governments "remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case". They continued: "We urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal."
  • Iran's foes Israel and Saudi Arabia welcomed Trump's announcement, however. "Israel fully supports President Trump's bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal," Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu said, in a televised address.

Follow this story as it unfolded on FRANCE 24's live blog below.

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