Angela Merkel in Italy: Iran nuclear deal ‘should never be called into question’.
Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany, told Berlin to “wind down operations immediately” in the hours after the US President pulled his nation out of the agreement.
His comments are set to ruffle the feathers of Germany, where its Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed “regret and concern” over Mr Trump’s decision.
Mr Grenell tweeted: “As @realDonaldTrump said, US sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy.
“German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately.”
Last night, the Republican president announced his decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal as he warned of a “nuclear arms race” in the Middle East.
He said his decision was essential to “prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon”.
Mr Trump said “we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb” under the “decaying” deal and said pulling America from the agreement was needed for world peace.
The UK, France and Germany responded with a joint and strongly worded statement and vowed to continue their support for the agreement.
“We urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPoA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal.
“There must be no doubt: Iran’s nuclear program must always remain peaceful and civilian.”
Former US President Barack Obama, under whose administration the Iran nuclear agreement was reached in 2015, said Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal was “misguided”.
Mr Obama said in a statement: “I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake.”
Europe has been condemned for not preparing itself in the face of the US making major decisions that could impact it for years to come.
Iran also attacked Britain, France and Germany for vowing to continue its support for the Iran nuclear deal by saying Europe is incapable of making an “independent decision” because it is “tied to America”.