President Trump repeats misleading claim about Iran's military budget

Zarif says US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal is unlawful

President Trump repeats misleading claim about Iran's military budget

"I urge the United States to avoid taking any action which would hinder other parties from continuing to make the agreement work in the interests of our collective national security".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani similarly said that the Islamic Republic would stay in the deal if the European countries, along with Russian Federation and China, continued to abide by it.

The decision came days after US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal that curbs the country's nuclear ambitions.

He said: "I think, just speaking for the United States, the President has made a decision to leave the deal".

Trump has said that he would reinstate USA nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Washington's decision to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions infuriated its allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

Bolton, whom President Donald Trump tapped in March to replace former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, emphasized in the CNN interview that it was his job to advise Trump but that the president is the one who makes the decisions.

Thousands later demonstrated across Iran to protest Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. France has come down heavily on the decision, with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire saying that Europe can not afford to follow the whims of the United States when it comes to protecting its economic and diplomatic interests, according to BBC.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he would try and save the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal through negotiations with the European nations who were co-signatories to the deal. Le Maire asked. "Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?". "It's a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world", she said.

Iranian military spending "increased alongside overall government spending -- not in a silo on its own", the newspaper goes on to say, adding that "the nuclear accord has contributed to the overall increase in spending - including the increase in military spending - since it lifted sanctions and allowed for a rise in oil production and exports".

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has signaled it is ready...

A person familiar with the matter said late Thursday that Trump sent two private letters to Middle East allies in recent weeks complaining that the United States had spent too much money in the region and urging them to pick up more of the burden as part of a coalition to counter Iran's influence.

Trump's new ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, suggested that exemptions were unlikely, saying Thursday, 'German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately'. And if that happens, it could be potentially destabilizing for the entire world.

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