World leaders react to US withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal

President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the US from a multinational nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the deal is "defective at its core" and announcing " the highest level of sanctions" against Tehran.

Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers - the US, UK, France, Germany. Russia, China, and the EU - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment program and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons. In exchange, international sanctions were lifted, allowing it to sell its oil and gas worldwide. However, secondary US sanctions remain.UN inspectors have repeatedly confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal.

"France, Germany and the UK regret the US decision to leave the JCPOA," French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter.

The top European Union diplomat, Federica Mogherini, called on the international community to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. "The EU will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal," Mogherini said from Brussels.

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he was "deeply concerned", urging the remaining parties of the deal to abide by their commitments.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Russia was disappointed with President Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran. It says it left open the possibility to discuss with other signatories of the deal and promote a positive relationship with Iran.

Source: VOV5