REPORTS: IRAN TO LEAVE NUKE PACT

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY NASSER KARIMI AND JON GAMBRELL

US mil­i­tary forces are de­ployed to the Persian Gulf after Iran says it is par­tially with­draw­ing from a nu­clear deal.

Iran on Wed­nes­day will an­nounce it is par­tially with­draw­ing from the nu­clear deal it struck with world pow­ers, its state-run news agency re­ported, a year to the day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulled Amer­ica from the ac­cord.

The terms of the with­drawal re­main un­clear, though the IRNA news agency said Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani will ex­plain Iran’s de­ci­sion in let­ters to lead­ers of Bri­tain, France and Ger­many that will be handed to am­bas­sadors in Tehran. Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammed Javad Zarif sep­a­rately will write to the Euro­pean Union, the agency said.

The semi-of­fi­cial ISNA news agency re­ported late Tues­day that Zarif had left for Moscow to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

De­tails of the let­ters, all to sign­ers of the 2015 ac­cord, will not be pub­licly dis­closed, it said.

The let­ters will come as of­fi­cials in the Is­lamic Repub­lic pre­vi­ously warned that Iran might in­crease its ura­nium en­rich­ment, potentially pulling away from a deal it has sought to sal­vage for months. Al­ready, the White House has an­nounced the de­ploy­ment of a U.S. air­craft car­rier and a bomber wing to the Persian Gulf over un­spec­i­fied threats from Iran.

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