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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ditching the Iran nuclear deal, calling it 'disastrous' and an 'embarrassment.' 

Trump said that the U.S. now has 'definitive proof' that Iran was lying about its pursuit of nuclear weapons when it entered into the 2015 agreement. And he threatened Tehran's mullahs with new headaches if they resume their pursuit of a weapon of mass destruction.

'If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before,' the president warned. 'It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement.'

'The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen: In just a short period of time, the world's leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most dangerous weapons.' 

Barack Obama and his former secretary of state John Kerry both bashed Trump's decision, calling it unnecessary and wrongheaded. 

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani responded, telling his country's state-run TV network: 'I have ordered Iran's atomic organization that whenever it is needed, we will start enriching uranium more than before. Rouhani said Iran would start ramping up production 'in the next weeks.'

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ditching the Iran nuclear deal, calling it 'disastrous' and an 'embarrassment'

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ditching the Iran nuclear deal, calling it 'disastrous' and an 'embarrassment'

Trump signed a document on Tuesday reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal

Trump signed a document on Tuesday reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal

Rouhani blasted Trump immediately after Tuesday's speech.

'Iran will be conferring with the world's two super powers, Russia and China,' he sniped, insisting that Trump's 'psychological war and economic pressures will not work.'

Leaders of America's three staunchest European allies – France's Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel and the United Kingdom's Theresa May – issued a joint statement asking the U.S. not to do anything that would prevent them from keeping the nuclear deal intact even without Washington's participation. 

Iran 'continues to abide by the restrictions' of the deal, the three leaders said, citing a statement from the International Atomic Energy Agency, adding that 'the world is a safer place as a result.'

'Our 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 including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement,' they said.  

The president has been outspoken for nearly three years about the nuclear bargain that he called 'insane' and 'the worst deal in history.'

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, whose Cabinet department oversees economic sanctions against rogue regimes, said before Trump's speech that '[w]e will continue to work with our allies to build an agreement that is truly in the best interest of our long-term national security.'

The United States, he said, will cut off Iran's 'access to capital' to fund terrorism, 'its use of ballistic missiles against our allies, its support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria, its human rights violations against its own people, and its abuses of the international financial system.'

National Security Advisor John Bolton (left) and Vice President Mike Pence (right) watched as Trump delivered his scripted remarks on Tuesday, and then Bolton briefed reporters off-camera in the White House briefing room

National Security Advisor John Bolton (left) and Vice President Mike Pence (right) watched as Trump delivered his scripted remarks on Tuesday, and then Bolton briefed reporters off-camera in the White House briefing room

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani blasted Trump immediately after Tuesday's speech: 'Iran will be conferring with the world's two super powers, Russia and China,' he sniped, insisting that Trump's 'psychological war and economic pressures will not work'

Emmanuel macron Theresa May Angela Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that their countries will remain in the Iran nuclear deal and asked Trump to make sure the U.S. doesn't do anything that would keep them from participating in it

Former President Barack Obama, whose administration inked the Iran deal, called Tuesday's pullback 'misguided.'

Walking away from the deal, he said in a statement, 'turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated.'

Former President Barack Obama defended his signature foreign policy achievement as Trump tore it down on Tuesday

Former President Barack Obama defended his signature foreign policy achievement as Trump tore it down on Tuesday

'In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers,' he added.

Obama cautioned that the agreement 'was never intended to solve all of our problems with Iran. We were clear-eyed that Iran engages in destabilizing behavior – including support for terrorism, and threats toward Israel and its neighbors.'

'But that’s precisely why it was so important that we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,' the former president said, articulating the central dispute in Washington over whether the deal was preventing Tehran's nuclear weapons development or enabling it.

Trump implied Tuesday that the Obama administration's best intentions were always bound to be steamrolled by Tehran's lies.

'In theory, the so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime,' Trump declared. 

'In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium, and over time reach the brink of a nuclear breakout.'

Trump said several times that the U.S. will not under any circumstances allow Iran to join the ranks of nuclear nations – in no small part because of its belligerence toward America.

'We will not allow a regime that chants "Death to America" to gain access to the most deadly weapons on earth,' he sad.

The president added that he is reimposing the highest level of sanctions on Tehran, and the U.S. will punish any country that helps Iran in its quest.

Former President Barack Obama published an impassioned defense of the Iran deal, one of his many signature accomplishments that the Trump administration has undone, on Facebook shortly after his successor spoke to the nation 

Former President Barack Obama published an impassioned defense of the Iran deal, one of his many signature accomplishments that the Trump administration has undone, on Facebook shortly after his successor spoke to the nation 

'America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,' Trump asserted in remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters after Trump spoke that 'we're out of the deal.' 

'The only sure way to get on the path of stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons and delivery capabilities is to get out of the deal, and that's what the president has done,' he said. 

Bolton said at the White House that sanctions would be snapped back into place on a rolling basis, with some segments of the pre-agreement situation returning quickly and others coming back in a matter of months.

No new commercial contracts will be permitted between U.S. trading partners and Tehran, he said. But for existing contracts, 'there's a wind-down period to allow orderly termination.'

And on the question of whether Trump's abandonment of the terms of the 2015 deal means the U.S. is now in violation of it, Bolton responded: 'No, I don't think we're violating, I think we're withdrawing from it.'

Tehran says it's unwilling to enter into a new agreement with the U.S. that addresses Trump's other complaints about the rogue regime's behavior, including its illicit financing of terrorism.

'That's fine. I'd probably say the same thing if I were in their position,' Trump said Tuesday. 'But the fact is they are probably going to want to make a new and lasting deal. ... When they do I am ready willing and able.'

JOHN KERRY SAYS TRUMP'S DECISION 'BREAKS AMERICA'S WORD'

Former secretary of state John Kerry, who helped negotiate the Iran deal in 2015, slammed Trump's withdrawal as horrible foreign policy

Former secretary of state John Kerry, who helped negotiate the Iran deal in 2015, slammed Trump's withdrawal as horrible foreign policy

'Today's announcement weakens our security, breaks America's word, isolates us from our European allies, puts Israel at greater risk, empowers Iran's hardliners, and reduces our global leverage to address Tehran's misbehavior, while damaging the ability of future Administrations to make international agreements. No rhetoric is required. The facts speak for themselves. 

'Instead of building on unprecedented nonproliferation verification measures, this decision risks throwing them away and dragging the world back to the brink we faced a few years ago. The extent of the damage will depend on what Europe can do to hold the nuclear agreement together, and it will depend on Iran's reaction. 

'America should never have to outsource those stakes to any other country. This is not in America's interests. We should all hope the world can preserve the nuclear agreement.'

Protesters stood outside the White House Tuesday as Trump announced the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

Protesters stood outside the White House Tuesday as Trump announced the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

It came as no surprise globally that Trump announced the United States' withdraw from the pact he inherited from the previous administration. The big unknown was what would happen next.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose nation's existence Iran threatens on a regular basis, called Trump's decision a 'historic move,' and said leaving the Iran deal intact would have been 'a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.' 

He claimed Iran's level of aggression has grown since the Obama-era deal – especially in Syria, where Tehran is 'trying to establish military bases to attack Israel.' 

The Israeli Defense Forces issued a warning just minutes before Trump broadcast his message.

'Following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria, the IDF has decided to change the civilian protection instructions in the Golan Heights and instructs local authorities to unlock and ready shelters in the area,' the forces' statement said. 

'The Israeli public should remain attentive to IDF instructions that will be given if necessary. Additionally, defense systems have been deployed and IDF troops are on high alert for an attack.'

Trump said the U.S. would impose new sanctions on countries that help Iran in its quest for a nuclear weapon but did not say what he would do to companies that may have unrelated business deals with the Islamist nation.

White House legislative director Marc Short told DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning that the president 'wants to see Iran end its nuclear program but also become a nation that is not funding terrorism, not attacking Israel not looking to continue to attack allies that we have.

President Donald Trump informed France's Emmanuel Macron in a phone call this morning that he will pull the U.S. out the nuclear deal it signed onto three years ago after intense negotiations with Tehran

President Donald Trump informed France's Emmanuel Macron in a phone call this morning that he will pull the U.S. out the nuclear deal it signed onto three years ago after intense negotiations with Tehran

'I think he's looking for an agreement that brings Iran into the international community as opposed to being a rogue nation state that funds terrorism,' Short said during a press scrum on the driveway leading into the West Wing.

Trump is anticipated to allow the oil sanctions that legally come up for discussion every 120 days under the deal to be reimposed on Tehran. The sanctions cut Iran's oil exports in half in 2012, Foreign Policy reports, and crippled the Islamic Republic's economy.

European companies will have to choose, if the sanctions are slapped back on, whether they want to do business with the U.S. or the taboo government, putting them in an undesirable position. 

Trump is said to have informed informed Macron in a phone call this morning that he will pull the U.S. out the nuclear deal it signed onto three years ago after intense negotiations with Tehran.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, piled on the partisan rancor after Trump finished shaking the Middle East's Etch-a-Sketch.

Trump’s 'reckless decision,' Perez said, 'makes the world less safe.'

'[T]he president is threatening our national security, undermining American credibility, isolating us from our partners and allies, and abandoning our commitments under this agreement,' he insisted. 

Trump's planned remarks had U.S. allies on edge earlier in the day. A senior British diplomat told DailyMail.com the U.K. was 'deeply pessimistic' ahead of public the announcement.  

And Rouhani had said the U.S. will have 'historic remorse' for its decision while insisting that 'getting rid of America’s mischievous presence will be fine for Iran.'

'If we can get what we want from a deal without America, then Iran will continue to remain committed to the deal,' Rouhani said according to the Iran Daily. 'What Iran wants is our interests to be guaranteed by non-American signatories.'  

EUROPE RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S WITHDRAWAL FROM OBAMA'S IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL 

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron of France issued a statement following President Trump’s remarks on Iran:

'It is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

'Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPoA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility.

'According to the IAEA, Iran continues to abide by the restrictions set out by the JCPoA, in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The world is a safer place as a result. Therefore we, the E3, will remain parties to the JCPoA. Our 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 including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement.

'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. After engaging with the US Administration in a thorough manner over the past months, we call on the US to do everything possible to preserve the gains for nuclear non-proliferation brought about by the JCPoA, by allowing for a continued enforcement of its main elements.

'We encourage Iran to show restraint in response to the decision by the US; Iran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements. The IAEA must be able to continue to carry out its long-term verification and monitoring programme without restriction or hindrance. In turn, Iran should continue to receive the sanctions relief it is entitled to whilst it remains in compliance with the terms of the deal.

'There must be no doubt: Iran’s nuclear program must always remain peaceful and civilian. While taking the JCPOA as a base, we also agree that other major issues of concern need to be addressed. A long-term framework for Iran’s nuclear programme after some of the provisions of the JCPOA expire, after 2025, will have to be defined. Because our commitment to the security of our allies and partners in the region is unwavering, we must also address in a meaningful way shared concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its destabilising regional activities, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. We have already started constructive and mutually beneficial discussions on these issues, and the E3 is committed to continuing them with key partners and concerned states across the region.

'We and our Foreign Ministers will reach out to all parties to the JCPoA to seek a positive way forward. '

Trump teased his Iran deal announcement in a Monday afternoon tweet that provided no hints at what it would be

Trump teased his Iran deal announcement in a Monday afternoon tweet that provided no hints at what it would be

He told Obama era Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday morning that he needs to butt out - or else

He told Obama era Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday morning that he needs to butt out - or else

Trump on Monday called Kerry's intervention 'possibly illegal' and blamed him for the current arrangement that gave Tehran sanctions relief but would allow it to build nuclear bombs as soon as 2027

Trump on Monday called Kerry's intervention 'possibly illegal' and blamed him for the current arrangement that gave Tehran sanctions relief but would allow it to build nuclear bombs as soon as 2027

John Glaser, director of foreign policy studies at the right-leaning Cato Institute, warned Tuesday that if the U.S. imposes external sanctions successfully, European companies will pull out of investment projects in Iran, removing the incentives that Rouhani would need to mollify hardliners in his country who want Iran to restart its nuclear program.

'With lots of political will this deal could remain in place without the United States, but its going to be very, very difficult for the participants to manage,' Glaser said.

Iran will feel 'unburdened' if the U.S. leaves the pact, he said, and is likely to install new centrifuges to spin uranium and limit access to inspectors. 

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