In May, President Trump unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of a 2015 nuclear deal negotiated with Iran and a handful of world powers. On Monday, Trump followed through with his threat to reimpose sanctions lifted under the deal, despite strident protest from European allies. He defended his actions in a tweet early Tuesday and not-so-subtly warned Europe that it had better follow his lead.
The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2018
Trump's assertion that he's "asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" is probably galling to Europe, since Iran was, by all accounts, following through with its end of the bargain. Under the deal, Iran agreed to largely dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and prove that it was not taking steps to develop a nuclear weapon for at least 10-15 years. Peter Weber