President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the U.S. government's withdrawal from the Iran deal, marking one of the biggest foreign-policy decisions of his tenure so far.
Trump complained the Iran deal supplied the "murderous" Iranian regime with "billions" of dollars and said allowing the deal to stand would be "unacceptable" and catalyze a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East.
"Since the agreement, Iran's bloody ambitions have grown only more brazen," Trump said. "The Iran deal is defective at its core."
"Therefore, I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump added.
The president has long criticized the Iran deal, which was orchestrated by the Obama administration and aimed to restrict Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for the easing of harsh economic sanctions.
Trump has repeatedly called the deal "terrible," a characterization he reiterated as he hosted Macron in Washington in late April.
Withdrawing from the deal could have numerous consequences for the U.S. and the wider world, and puts Trump in a precarious position with some of America's top allies. Some have expressed concerns that such a move could hamper upcoming talks with North Korea regarding its nuclear program. During his announcement Tuesday, Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is en route to North Korea to finalize the details surrounding the meeting.
With that said, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday suggested that his country would not necessarily withdraw from the pact just because the U.S. does, flip-flopping on his previous statements.
"We are not worried about America's cruel decisions. ... We are prepared for all scenarios and no change will occur in our lives next week," Rouhani said in a televised speech.
According to a recent CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a majority of Americans (63%) do not want the U.S. to step away from Iran deal, while just 29% supported withdrawing.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol arrested a homeless man Thursday morning after he allegedly threw a stolen Caltrans tripod onto Interstate 5 in downtown Sacramento, endangering the occupants of a van as it crashed through its windshield.
The incident happened just after 10:30 a.m., when the Caltrans survey tripod was stolen from the corner of Neasham Circle and Front Street, CHP South Sacramento said in a news release.
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's parliament descended into chaos on Sunday when lawmakers brawled over the appointment of a new speaker, an inauspicious start to the assembly which was sitting for the first time since chaotic elections last year.
Results of last October's parliamentary election were only finalized earlier this month after repeated technical and organizational problems and widespread accusations of fraud.
If the Pentagon had to take Consumer Math class in high school, they'd flunk.
The U.S. military—correction, the U.S. taxpayer—is spending more money to buy fewer weapons. The reason? Poor acquisition practices, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
"DOD's 2018 portfolio of major weapon programs has grown in cost by $8 billion, but contains four fewer systems than last year," GAO found.