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Trump announces leaving Iran nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has announced on Tuesday that he is pulling the United States out of the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying that economic sanctions against Tehran will be reinstated and declaring that the 2015 pact was rooted in ‘fiction’.

Trump announced in a televised address from the White House that he would reimpose US economic sanctions on Iran to undermine “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made”.

The 2015 agreement, worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran, lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program. The pact was designed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

But Trump complained that the accord, the signature foreign policy achievement of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, did not address Iran’s ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

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The leaders of Britain, Germany and France, which were signatories to the deal along with China and Russia, said in a joint statement that Trump’s decision was a cause for ‘regret and concern.’

Trump’s decision intensifies the strain on the trans-Atlantic alliance since he took office 16 months ago. One by one, European leaders came to Washington and tried to meet his demands, while pleading with him to preserve the deal.

By the middle of last week, however, it was becoming increasingly clear to some diplomats that Trump would not be moved. “We felt like we were going through the motions,” said a person close to the negotiations.

Even Trump’s top aides had not been seeking aggressively to talk Trump out of withdrawing because his mind had been made up, a White House official said.

The Trump administration kept the door open to negotiating another deal with allies, but it is far from clear if the Europeans would go for that and if they could convince Iran to accept it.

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Govt committed to develop Tarai region : PM Oli

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JANAKPUR — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stressed the need to revolutionize and modernize the agriculture sector in Province 2.

Addressing the the provincial assembly of Province 2 in Janakpur on Saturday, PM Oli said that doing so would help to increase production by as much as four times.

On the occasion, PM Oli said that he is committed to develop Tarai region of Nepal.

He also expressed the federal government’s commitment to bring necessary changes and support the provincial government to meet its goals and urged provincial ministers and parliamentarians to put forward favorable plans and policies to modernize agriculture, one of the major sources of employment in the country.

PM Oli said that a ship that will leave from Nepal to Kolkata of India will be operated from Province 2 He further said that the ship will be operated from three rivers of Nepal soon.

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He further said that the Postal Highway will be completed within the next five years. Stating that he has a good relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PM Oli said that the relationship between two countries would be strengthened further.

Oli also highlighted the benefits of cross border connectivity through trains and highways that would help to strengthen trade relationships with both the neighbors while increasing people-to-people relationship.

As soon as the meeting began at Province Assembly, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) lawmakers Bisheshwor Prasad Yadav, Upendra Mahato and Gauri Narayan Sah boycotted the meeting and walked out of the hall.

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