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05/08/2018 11:56 am ET Updated May 08, 2018

Trump Reportedly Tells Macron He's Pulling Out Of Iran Nuclear Deal

France, the U.K. and Germany have been working with the Trump administration in recent weeks in an attempt to change the president's mind.

President Donald Trump broke the news to French President Emmanuel Macron that he was planning to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement in a call on Tuesday morning, The New York Times reported.

The U.S. president plans to reinstate all of the sanctions that had been waived as part of the deal while also slapping on new “economic penalties,” a person briefed on the conversation told the news outlet. Sources also told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the U.S. will violate the deal but did not share any details.

France, the U.K. and Germany, the three European co-signatories on the deal, have been working with the Trump administration in recent weeks in an attempt to change Trump’s mind.

Officials from all three countries visited Washington, D.C., to make their appeals in person, to no avail. The discussions fell apart, a second person familiar with the negotiations said, around limits on Iran’s nuclear output after 2030. 

The president has been critical of the 2015 agreement meant to curb Iran’s nuclear program, calling it “one of the most incompetently drawn deals I’ve seen” last October.

According to NBC and the Times, Trump administration officials have begun to alert congressional leaders of his plans. The president is expected to make a formal announcement on the agreement at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday at the White House.

This article has been updated.

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