The administration hopes to submit a final agreement with Saudi Arabia for congressional approval by mid-June.
"Saudi Arabia's past support for the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries was based on its firm belief in the need to work on everything that would limit the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and the world", an official statement read.
During that trip, the Saudi crown prince also boasted about the kingdom's rich uranium reserves, saying Riyadh wants to have the ability to enrich its own uranium for use in the nuclear reactors to be built on Saudi soil. "Saudi Arabia will not in any way act independently of its partners", the sources added. Saudi Arabia has resisted making a similar unconditional pledge. The peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program has repeatedly been confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
To secure an agreement with the United States that will pass Congress, the Saudis may agree on a moratorium on enrichment and reprocessing. Iran denies arming them. "We have made it very clear, if Iran acquires nuclear capability, we will do everything we can to do the same". If the aim is to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons, then isn't a deal that achieves that goal for a decade or more obviously better than having no deal at all?
Trump said on Tuesday that the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for measures restricting its nuclear programme, did not go far enough in removing the threat posed by Tehran to the USA and its allies in the Middle East.
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Christopher Snyder had been holding his wife captive over the weekend in their home in Brookeville, Md., according to police. Officers breached the front door at 11 p.m., with Snyder still on the phone with negotiators, prompting Snyder to hang up.
The oil price rose on Thursday and was set for its largest weekly increase in a month, as the market prepared for potential disruption to crude flows from major exporter Iran in the face of US sanctions.
Trump's decision means Iran's government must now decide whether to follow the USA and withdraw or try to salvage what's left of the deal.
Despite US criticism that the accord does not go far enough in monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, the IAEA points to the fact that its inspectors have spent 3,000 man days per year on the ground in Iran. But there is little practical reason that Saudi Arabia can not postpone its bid decision and plenty of political and diplomatic reasons for it do so.
USA politicians will want to avoid being blamed for a further escalation in the run up to congressional elections in November.
As a practical matter, only Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Russia and the United States have the ability to raise production and exports in the short term.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked, "What will Saudi Arabia do?"