Donald Trump says US will no longer abide by Iran deal
Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon announced the US would violate the Iran nuclear agreement, nearly three years after the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was struck.
In exiting the JCPOA, Trump broke from US allies in Europe and has potentially triggered a new crisis in the Gulf.
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Trump justified the exit by claiming that Iran is building a nuclear program, without providing evidence that this is true. “At the heart of the deal was a giant fiction,” Trump said. He used inflammatory language throughout the speech, flinging accusations at Iran though the country has acted in compliance with the nuclear agreement.