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.
The seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the latest example of how tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled into one of the world's most strategic and vital waterways for oil. Since May, Iran has been accused of harassing and attacking oil tankers in the strait.
As the British government continues to investigate Friday's seizure, experts worry that it raises the potential of a military clash. However, they also say it offers a lens into Iran's strategy toward the U.S.
Here is a look at what's been happening and why the Strait of Hormuz matters.
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The wait is over: the Marine Corps's brand new sniper is officially ready for action.
The Mk13 Mod 7 sniper rifle reached full operational capacity earlier this year after extensive testing, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday. Now, the new rifle is finally available in both scout snipers and recon Marine arsenals.