Tension surges across the Middle East as America turns tougher on Iran


President Donald Trump warned Iran of "severe consequences" if it restarted its nuclear program, one day after he announced the USA would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, which has kept Tehran from developing its atomic program.

Ahead of President Donald Trump's decision on the nuclear deal, Iran's first vice president is saying now only the "naive" would negotiate with the United States.

The US exit from the Iranian nuclear deal will provoke another major global crisis and grant Iranians freedom to develop nuclear weapons and related programs, a senior Russian MP has said. "And hopefully, that won't be the case".

He pressed for a separate deal to go alongside the nuclear agreement that would address other USA concerns about Iran such as its ballistic missile program, which was not covered in the 2015 accord, they said.

Trump's decision could have explosive consequences, straining long-standing USA alliances, disrupting oil markets and boosting tensions in the Middle East, even if the United States reversal doesn't lead Iran to restart its atomic program.

While announcing that he was pulling the U.S. out of the deal, which curbed Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, Trump announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in North Korea and teased the release of the three detainees.

Kerry told a conference on food innovation that "dangerously, we find ourselves today with certain individuals who are talking about a new arms race", and that the money it will cost "should be going to health and going to building schools and going to building infrastructures and building the future, instead building weapons".

When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was announced in 2015, the Iranian people poured into the streets to celebrate what they thought was the beginning of a new era.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry accused Iran of using economic gains from the lifting of sanctions to develop ballistic missiles and support militants.

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"The inspections are under way, and if they move things, they leave behind a very, very important mark called isotopes", he said.

The president confirmed last night the United States will officially exit the nuclear agreement.

"The re-imposed sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran's economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors".

On Tuesday, Trump fulfilled a campaign by declaring that the U.S.is leaving the deal. They might, for example, consider a blocking regulation which seeks to block USA action against European companies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program on April 30.

Moreover, U.S. crude exports that at times have surged above 2 million barrels a day are reinforcing the oversupply.

Meanwhile, Perdue said "The goal should be that Iran never possess a nuclear weapon, period". Iranian officials offered no immediate reaction to Trump's upcoming decision.

In a statement on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia, which is a swing producer swiftly said it was prepared to "mitigate" the impact of the US' exit on the oil market, with American shale producers also widely anticipated to ramp up production to offset the impact of barrels lost.

The government pledged to "do all it can" to shield companies trading with the Middle East nation from the sanctions threatened by the US President.