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>> 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?>> US President Trump on Wednesday warned Iran in no uncertain terms against trying to develop atomic weapons.>> Or something will happen.
Iran had stopped after signing a 2015 agreement with the US and five other world powers. But on Tuesday, Trump quit that pact and announced new sanctions on Tehran.>> The highest level of economic sanction.>> Trump's game plan is to create a bigger, wider agreement that deals not only with the nuclear issue, but also ballistic missiles and Iran's regional behavior in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
US officials told Reuters that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will start talks about a new deal immediately with allies in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. But will they, or Iran, be ready to start fresh talks with a partner that didn't keep its word? The US. hopes Iran at least can be dragged into negotiations by the pressure of these new sanctions.
The measures will likely cripple Iran's oil-based economy and could hit European and Asian companies dealing with the country. Some U.S. allies including France and South Korea have already said they'll push for exemptions to protect their companies. Meanwhile, discussions have already begun between Britain, France and Germany, who insist the Iran nuclear deal is not dead.
>> The nuclear deal with Iran should stay. That is also the view that is shared by Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Macron of France.>> Some diplomats say Trump's decision has already strained ties with allies and increased tensions in the Middle East. The White House denies pushing for regime change in Iran by pulling out of the deal.
But is instead, quote, trying to change the regime's behavior.>>