Washington: US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the US will withdraw from the 2015 accord between Iran and six world powers to limit Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

Trump decided to withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear accord, a move that would plunge the Mideast into a new era of uncertainty, and said, “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. This was a horrible one sided deal that should have never, ever been made. It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”

Meanwhile, Trump administration officials called key members of the US Congress and told them that the President would not reimpose sanctions for six months, congressional aides said.

According to reports, Trump will also reimpose all US sanctions that were waived under the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement and impose new penalties on the Islamic Republic”. Earlier in the day, Trump had informed French President Emmanuel Macron of his decision. -Agencies

Kerry must stay away from Iran talk: Trump


  • Donald Trump said that former US Secretary of State John Kerry ‘can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it’ with Iran. Trump was reacting on Tuesday to reports that Kerry quietly has been promoting the Iran nuclear deal. Trump wrote on Twitter, ‘Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!’
  • Speaking at a conference in Italy, Kerry, who led President Obama’s efforts to broker the Iran nuclear deal, had cautioned that a ‘new arms race’ was taking place and endangering other weapons reduction treaties’

Timeline of the nuclear programme


  • 1967: The US built the very nuclear programme in Iran that it tried to shut down over the next few decades. This was under the ‘Atoms for Peace’ programme which supplied equipment to Iran, Israel, Pakistan and other countries
  • 1979: The sanctions began in 1979 after the Iran hostage crisis. Some Iranian students of ‘Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line’ took US Embassy officials in Tehran hostage. So, the US froze $12 billion of Iranian government assets on the US soil
  • 1996: During Bill Clinton’s second term, the US Congress passed the Iran Sanctions Act. Congress had placed sanctions on all trade with Iran
  • 2005: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lifted suspension on uranium enrichment. This led to US President George Bush signing an executive order again
  • 2006: The UN imposed sanctions on Iran, which it tightened in 2008, 2009 & 2010
  • 2010: The US Congress under President Barack Obama passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 which punished US companies and individuals who work with Iran’s petroleum sector
  • 2013: As Hassan Rouhani became Iranian President, the US House of Representatives voted 400 to 20 in favour of tougher sanctions
  • 2015: The Iran deal was signed on July 14, 2015, between Iran, US, China, France, Russia, Germany, the EU and the UK. Under this deal, Iran agreed not to build any more heavy water facilities, eliminate its stockpile or medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, and reduce the number of its gas centrifuges
  • 2017: ‘Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the US came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal – $150 billion,’ Trump said in Feb. In Oct, Trump said he would not recertify the deal