President Trump eventually pulls out of Iran deal; shatters Obama legacy
The apprehension came true as US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 8, announced that he was taking his country out of the Iran nuclear deal which was made with the West Asian country during the rule of his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015 to curb its nuclear ambition.
Trump's decision will see sanctions getting reinforced on Iran along with the possibility of new economic penalties to stop it from pursuing nuclear armament.
The decision came after weeks of speculations about what Trump as going to do with the deal he termed "ridiculous" and "insane" in the past. May 12 was the deadline for Trump to announce his stand on the issue and he eventually took the extreme step despite efforts by the USA's European allies like France, Germany and the UK to dissuade him.
Trump said at the White House on Tuesday: "I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal."
Trump had also warned earlier that he would not allow the Iranians to restart their nuclear pursuits.
Though it was not clear how things will proceed in the wake of Washington's withdrawal from the deal as the other powers that are party to the deal might find some path to keep a semblance of the deal intact. Besides the US, the four other members of the UN Security Council and Germany and the European Union are parties to the deal that contained Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange of lifting crippling sanctions that were imposed on it.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who had threatened of consequence if the US quit the deal said on Monday, May 7, that it would survive even if Trump decided to withdraw from it.
The Trump era has seen the US pulling out of a number of key international agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris climate agreement and now the Iran deal.