>> I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program, I would advise them very strongly. If they do, there will be very severe consequence, okay? Thank you very much.>> US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Iran in no uncertain terms against trying to develop atomic weapons.
Iran halted its nuclear enrichment programs after it signed a 2015 agreement with the US and five other powers. But Trump on Tuesday announced the US was leaving that deal, and leveling sanctions on Tehran. Trump said he hopes his move will open the door for a new larger agreement.
>> So we're going to make either a really good deal for the world, or we're not going to make a deal at all.>> Reuters Foreign Affairs Editor, Arshad Mohammed, says that faces steep odds.>> The Iranians have just seen the United States, from their point of view, renege on the last deal, on the nuclear deal.
So, why would they want to engage in another negotiation with a partner that they never really trusted in the first place? And that has just not kept its word?>> The US faces diplomatic challenges as well. America did not just walk out on a deal with Iran, but on the other signatories, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China.
The agreement was backed by the European Union and ratified unanimously by the United Nations Security Council. And every one of those states and bodies warned the US against making this move. And expressed disappointment and concern with the choice.>>
> Trump's decision could also upend Iranian politics.
President Hassan Rouhani, who agreed to the nuclear deal, is seen as something of a moderate.>>
>> Hardliners in Tehran pilloried him for trusting the United States. Those elements could be emboldened by Trump's decision to quit the agreement. Rouhani said Iran will negotiate with the remaining members of the accord, in hopes of keeping its structure in place.