I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
This action by US President Donald Trump has confirmed Europeans' worst nightmares. In fact, they were not expecting him to go this harsh until really only a few hours before the announcement. People had talked for weeks about a partial pullout, or perhaps Mr Trump would be persuaded by the European offer to go tough on Iran. But actually what he's done is wholesale. He's pulled out of the deal.
He's immediately reimposed sanctions, and if you already have a contract that is affected by these sanctions, you have three to six months to comply but that's it. After November 4th your time is up. All of the original nuclear deal sanctions are back on.
Over the past few months, we have engaged extensively with our allies and partners around the world, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
This comes after Emmanuel Macron, the French president, went to visit Trump, offered him this harder line. He always knew he might not take it, but it's absolutely humiliating for him, Britain, and France, which have done so much to try and keep him in this deal. So far they're playing it very polite. Macron has tweeted he regrets this decision, along with France and Britain. But it's unclear quite what happens next. It is clear that Europe and the US are no longer on the same page, and it's an extraordinary shift for the transatlantic alliance.
If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Iran is likely to argue that it is now free to pursue enriching of uranium. It says it doesn't want a nuclear bomb, and never will do. The Americans clearly don't believe that line, but the key thing is whether Iran decides to take that action. And the Europeans will spend the next few days, weeks, and months desperately trying to convince it not to start enriching uranium again.
Thank you very much. This will make America much safer. Thank you very much.