Again, US President Donald Trump revamped his threat about withdrawing the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Trump believes that the US was taken advantage of under the Obama Administration, which is why he has refused to tell Congress that the deal would be in the best interest of National Security.
Periodic reminder that the domestic espionage machine the Obama admin used against the Trump campaign – where they ping ponged media/intel/media leaks – was first roadtested and used against American Jews opposed to the Iran deal @LeeSmithDC https://t.co/ZvQvKKQznJ
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President Trump decertified the pact based on the fact that Iran committed several violations of the deal and seem to be getting too much relief from international sanctions. Trump, in a meeting with reports at the White House Cabinet on Monday, said:
“I feel strongly about what I did, I’m tired of being taken advantage of as a nation. This nation has been taken advantage of for many, many years, for many decades, frankly, and I’m tired of watching it. But the Iran deal was something that I felt had to be done.”
“I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” He also added. The certification is there to agree that Iran is agreeing with the pact, which Trump does not believe they are.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, which conducts strict monitoring procedures, disagrees with Trump. They claim that Iran has been honoring their side of the agreement.
He, however, decided to take the matters into the hands of Congress. Lawmakers have 60 days to act in order to put back up the sanctions that have been suspended as a result, or else make amendments and changes to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. The law could possibly even be broadened in order to make the decisions for sanctions for Iran have more to consider than just the nuclear deal.
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Meanwhile, the Trump Administration is urging the other nations that signed the agreement, such as Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union, to fix the flaws. Some of these flaws include what is called Sunset Provisions, in which some nuclear activity bans can expire over time.
Trump refers to the efforts made by Congress and the other governments as Phase 2, and determines that if Phase 2 fails, that he will likely pull out of the deal.
“We’ll see what Phase 2 is.” Said Trump in the meeting, “Phase 2 might be positive and it might be very negative. It might be a total termination. That’s a very real possibility. Some would say that’s a greater possibility. But it also could turn out to be very positive. We’ll see what happens.”
The other nations have said that the deal is perfectly fine, and there is no reason to fix it if it is not broken. France, however, is open to adding amendments to address concerns about the expiration. Meanwhile, congress is drafting legislation right now, but it is unsure if they would pass. According to Boris Johnson, the U.K Foreign Secretary:
“We are working as Europeans to keep the Iran nuclear deal going. The U.K. has long thought that was very important for our collective security.”
Russia has chimed in as well, urging the president not to meddle in something that seems to be working.
“There is an American saying our overseas colleagues often use in such situations: ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “It seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,”
He also added “We note recurring signals from Washington in favor of the so-called improvements of the existing agreement and possible supplements to it, what is to be improved in this context is the implementation of the existing agreements by the U.S. Side. Iran is fully implementing its liabilities, which cannot be said about the United States,”
Many have criticized the President, including many Republicans, for what they refer to as “going rogue.” They are claiming that his decision on the Iran deal, much like his decision with other issues, were “not based on evidence.”
Many experts and critics believe that altering and messing with the deal can cause it to fail. This has sparked fears of Iran potentially being able to get their hands on a nuclear weapon in the near future. Others are more optimistic.
“We’re in the deal to see how we can make it better. And that’s the goal. It’s not that we’re getting out of the deal. We’re just trying to make the situation better so that the American people feel safer,” said Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. “Our European allies need to remember they’re not the ones the threats are coming to.”
During his 2016 presidential run, Donald Trump claimed that the deal was the “worst ever.” However, he does not seem to be walking away from it just yet.
“The president is not walking away from the deal yet,” said H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser “because otherwise what you do is you just give the Iranians the opportunity to develop the nuclear capability.”
We will see in the coming weeks and months how this is all going to play out.