A timeline of Trump's statements on Iran nuclear deal

Reuters Delhi, India May 08, 2018, 01.58 PM(IST)

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While all eyes are set at the US President's landmark announcement on Iran nuclear deal, here's a quick look at some of the statements he made on the nuclear accord

US President Donald Trump said he would announce a decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday at 2.pm (United States time) as European countries piled pressure on Washington to remain in the 2015 agreement.

Trump has threatened to withdraw from the deal, which provided Iran with relief from economic sanctions in exchange for limiting its uranium enrichment capacity unless European signatories to the accord fix what he has called its shortcomings.

Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to reintroduce US sanctions on Iran, which would deal a heavy blow to the agreement.

While all eyes are set at the US President's landmark announcement on one of the biggest nuclear agreements of all times, here's a quick look at some of his statements on the nuclear accord.

1. "Never ever ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran -- and I mean never," Donald Trump as Republican presidential candidate on September 9, 2015, Washington DC.

2. "Because they're not stupid people (the Iranians), they're very smart people and they're great negotiators, and in two days they get a check for one hundred fifty billion dollars. OK? They don't want to take a --- see, the difference is if they did that with me, I'd say you're not getting your money back, you're in default for what you did, no -- you're in default," Donald Trump as Republican presidential candidate in Iowa, January 15, 2016.

3. "They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that, and we are analyzing it very, very carefully and we'll have something to say about it in the not-too-distant future. But Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement," Donald Trump as US President on April 20, 2017, Washington DC. 

4. "But it was a terrible, a terrible thing for the United States to enter that deal and believe me Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, that I can tell you," Donald Trump on May 22, 2017, Jerusalem. 

5. "If that deal doesn't conform to what it's supposed to conform to, there's going to be big big problems for them, that I can tell you. You're going to see that," Trump in Ohio, US on July 25, 2017.

"Never ever ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran -- and I mean never," Donald Trump as Republican presidential candidate on September 9, 2015
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6. "The Iran deal was one of the worst and one-side transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it. Believe me," Donald Trump at the United Nations, September 19, 2017.

7. "Today, I am announcing our strategy along with several major steps we are taking to confront the training regimes hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never and I mean never acquires a nuclear weapon," US President in Washington DC, October 13, 2017

8. "In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated," US President in Washington DC, October 13, 2017.

9. "But, the Iran deal was something that I felt had to be done. And we'll see what phase two is. Phase two might be positive it might be very negative. Might be a total termination: that's a very real possibility. Some would say that's a greater possibility. But, it also could turn out to be very positive. We'll see what happens. I thought the tone of the Iranian leaders was very modified. And, I was happy to see that but I don't know if that means anything," Trump in Washington DC, October 16, 2017.

10. "But there is a chance and nobody knows what I'm going to do on the 12th -- although Mr. President, you have a pretty good idea -- but we'll see, but we'll see, also, if I do what some people expect. Whether or not it will be possible to do a new deal with solid foundations because this is a deal with decayed foundations. It's a bad deal. It's a bad structure. It's falling down, should have never ever been made. I blame Congress. I blame a lot of people for it. But it should have never been made. And we're going to see what happens on the 12th. But I will say if Iran threatens us in any way they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid," Trump on April 24, 2018, Washington DC.