President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, ending months of speculation on how he planned to handle what he described as “one of the worst deals in history.”
“I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” he said in a televised address before signing a memorandum making the action official.
Trump said the United States would no longer abide by the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, four days before a Saturday deadline to decide whether to recertify the 2015 pact.
As part of withdrawing from the pact, Trump said the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanctions” on Iran. This includes sanctions against any country that helps Iran with its nuclear program.