General Mohammad Baqeri, the chief of staff of Iran’s military, said Iran did not have to sign the deal.
European governments, which have said they will not renounce the nuclear deal, may fight any USA attempt to enforce the restrictions, including with their own sanctions.
“It is a grave mistake to walk away from this deal without a plan for ensuring that Iran does not restart its nuclear weapon program, without a strategy for countering Iran’s risky non-nuclear activities, and without our allies and partners”, Menendez said.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up $1.61 per barrel, or 2.3 percent, at $70.67 a barrel, close to highs also last seen in late 2014.
That appeared to be a nod to Europe, which has struck a series of business deals with Iran since signing the landmark 2015 nuclear accord.
“The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has no obligation to honor its commitments under the current situation”, Larijani said. He had described the agreement, which was negotiated by then USA secretary of state John Kerry, as a bad deal.
In January, he said the Iran deal was “imperfect” but added that “when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies”.
Many Iranians are anxious about what Trump’s decision could mean for their country.
It marked the highest level in almost three-and-a-half years.
“The lifting of nuclear related sanctions is an essential part of the agreement”. America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail.
“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction and we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth”.
As for the possible exacerbation of trans-Atlantic division over his decision, Trump only said that “we are unified in our understanding of the threat, and in our conviction that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon”.
In exchange, Iran received relief from economic sanctions. “Outcome will determine our response”, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Twitter.
Trump spoke out against the deal on Twitter before he entered politics, and while campaigning for the presidency said he’d tear up the deal, which he described as the “worst ever”.
Israel has not acknowledged those strikes, but admits carrying out dozens of raids in Syria to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced arms to the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, another of its enemies.
He insisted that Trump “hasn’t read one word of that deal” despite the president calling it “horrible” and “one-sided”.
“The JCPOA, unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and is crucial for the security of the region”, the EU’s spokesperson said.
During a Tuesday morning news conference, Ardern said the deal made for “a more stable, predictable Middle East”.
The Obama administration had said that before this agreement, Iran had the capacity to create between eight and ten bombs.
“The deal’s sunset provisions are totally unacceptable”.
Iran have been accused of cheating the agreement by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netenyahu, and Trump advisers such as John Bolton and secretary of state Mike Pompeo are hugely anti-Iran. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal.
“Finally, the deal does nothing to constrain Iran’s destabilising activities, including its support for terrorism”. There is no doubt about reduction in Iran’s crude oil exports later this year as some countries will shift to alternatives for avoiding any trouble with Trump.