A top nuclear expert has resigned from the State Department following President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt dined with Cardinal accused of sexual abuse: report Kelly: No consideration on leaving White House despite "times of great frustration" Kelly: Trump "embarrassed" by Russian Federation probe MORE's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
French President Emmanuel Macron also urged Europe on the same day to unite and exert a self-confident "European sovereignty" in the face of an increasingly complex world and unilateral American moves on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal and climate change.
"I would advise Iran not to restart their nuclear programme, I would advise that very strongly".
Naija News also reported that the Iran President Hassan Rouhani had also said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic will remain in the nuclear deal with other signatories without the U.S.
But tearing up the Iran deal - arguably proving the U.S.is untrustworthy - doesn't give Kim incentive to strike an accord with Trump.
"It is clear to me that we can not prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement", Trump said. The White House subsequently issued a Presidential Memorandum, Ceasing U.S. Participation in the JCPOA and Taking Additional Action to Counter Iran's Malign Influence and Deny Iran All Paths to a Nuclear Weapon, outlining the next steps it expects to take, particularly with regard to sanctions.
In comments before school teachers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Mr Trump: "You can not do a damn thing". He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility with a rationale that contradicted the analyses of USA and foreign intelligence sources. "Withdrawing from this agreement makes the United States, and the world, less secure".
But the UN's nuclear watchdog, which is charged with ensuring Iran abides by the terms of the deal, said Wednesday Tehran was upholding its "nuclear-related commitments".
Merkel: Europe can't rely on USA protection anymore
While European Union countries have made progress on defence cooperation, the effort remains "in its infancy", she said. Speaking after Merkel, Macron said that "We should not be waiting, we must do something right now".
The Confederation of British Industry said USA sanctions " could significantly impact United Kingdom businesses operating in Iran".
French carmaker Peugeot has a $430 million deal to produce cars with an Iranian partner; its parent company said in January that it would open a new headquarters in Atlanta as part of a USA "comeback".
During the last round of sanctions, Iran's oil supplies fell by around one million bpd, but the country re-emerged as a major oil exporter after sanctions were lifted by producing 3.81 million bpd in March 2018.
Trump's decision marked a stark diplomatic defeat for Europe, whose leaders urged the USA president to think again.
Iran has always denied seeking a nuclear weapon, insisting its atomic program was for civilian purposes.
Major companies in the US and Europe could be hurt, too.
Third, Iran is continuing to develop a sophistical program of long-range missiles, capable of hitting not just Israel but its other adversaries in the region, including Saudi Arabia. Many say they have not seen any benefits from the nuclear deal.
The pledges came as Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the government in Tehran it too should quit the nuclear deal unless Europeans offer solid guarantees that trade relations would continue.