US President Donald Trump has refused to certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran deal in a move that has been expected for weeks.
He announced the new strategy in a speech saying the US will take a stronger stance to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weaponry.
“Our policy is based on a clear eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism and its continuing aggression in the middle east,” Mr Trump said.
“History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani responded quickly, saying Iran will remain committed to maintaining its interests and developing a conventional military.
“No president can revoke an international deal … Iran will continue to respect it as long as it serves our interests,” he said.
The move has been expected for weeks, with Mr Trump being a vocal critic of both Iran and the deal his predecessor Barack Obama made.
The other signatories to the accord- Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, are all critical of Mr Trump’s “America first” approach.
This move leaves the fate of the deal up to Congress, who have 60 days to decide whether to remain in the deal or to re-instate economic sanctions against Iran.
Picture Courtesy: Hassan Rouhani’s Facebook Page.