There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

UN Chief Antonio Guterres’s spokesman called it “A Major Disappointment” while the European Union said it was “A sad day for the world”.

However, senior republicans and the US coal industry backed the move.

Trump said the accord “Punished” the US and would cost millions of American jobs.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “Deeply Disappointed” by President Trump’s decision, .

This was echoed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who expressed her disappointment and told Mr Trump in a phone call that the deal protects the “prosperity and security of future generations”.

France’s President Emmanuel macron said he believed it was a “Mistake both for the US and for our planet”.

German chancellor Angela Merkel called the move “Extremely Regrettable”. She defended the accord, saying: “nothing can and nothing will stop us.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord as “disappointing but not at all surprising”.

Japan’s Finance Minister taro ASO said he is not just disappointed, but also feel anger.

Small island nations whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels were critical of the move.

The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures “well below” 2c above pre-industrial levels and “Endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5c.

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