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EU leaders decry Trumps withdrawal from Iran deal, vow to work together to maintain it

European leaders wasted no time in denouncing US President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Major European allies have already condemned the decision and vowed to keep to the original terms.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he intended to develop a broader agreement covering Iranian nuclear activity and ballistic missile development. He spoke on behalf of the UK, German and French governments saying all three were disappointed by the US decision.

"We will work collectively on a broader framework, covering nuclear activity, the post-2025 period, ballistic activity, and stability in the Middle-East, notably Syria, Yemen, and Iraq," Macron said on Twitter, moments after Trump made the announcement.

France, Germany, and the UK regret the U.S. decision to leave the JCPOA. The nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 8, 2018

We will work collectively on a broader framework, covering nuclear activity, the post-2025 period, ballistic activity, and stability in the Middle-East, notably Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 8, 2018

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has called for the international community to hold the line and stick to the original terms of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. The move directly contravenes US President Donald Trump's latest announcement that he will withdraw from the deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

"I am particularly worried by the announcement tonight of new sanctions," Mogherini said, as cited by Reuters. "The European Union is determined to preserve it… Together with the rest of the international community, we will preserve this nuclear deal.”

READ MORE: Iran will remain in nuclear deal, US withdrawal illegal – Rouhani

Meanwhile, President of the European Council Donald Tusk promised to meet Trump's economic and geopolitical policies with a "united European approach," promising that EU leaders would "tackle both issues" at the upcoming summit in Sofia next week.

Policies of @realDonaldTrump on #IranDeal and trade will meet a united European approach. EU leaders will tackle both issues at the summit in Sofia next week.

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) May 8, 2018

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