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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Agreement


The then candidate Trump speaking at a Tea Party Rally

Posted: October 14, 2017 at 4:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
President Trump has threatened the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The Obama-era agreement attempts to reverse Iran’ nuclear program. Today President Trump has thrown the agreement into jeopardy by accusing Iran of violating the agreement and threatening to pull the US out of the deal. President Trump also unveiled a tough and comprehensive new policy towards the Islamic Republic.

During a speech at the White House, President Trump called Iran a “fanatical regime, and accused them of spreading “death, destruction and chaos around the world.” He went further in discussing Tehran saying: “as I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”

The president did stop short of scrapping the agreement entirely. President Trump has instead stated that he wants the White House to work with Congress and other nations to address the “deal’s many serious flaws.”

“In the event, we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated,” he warned. “It is under continuous review, and our participation can be canceled by me, as President, at any time.” After the announcement, President Trump said to reporters that he would like to see action on the agreement soon. He also warned that he could end the accord instantly if it isn’t fixed soon.

President Trump explained why he refused to scrap the deal entirely saying: “Because we’ll see what happens over the next short period of time. And I can do that instantaneously. I like a two-step process much better.”

European leaders have been clear that renegotiating the deal is not a possibility. However, some have agreed with President Trump that they fear Iran’s destabilizing action in the region. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief and one of the deal’s chief negotiators, said that the deal would remain valid event regardless of what President Trump decides to do.

Six nations have signed the 2015 agreement. The deal saw Iran agree to restrict its nuclear program for at least 10 years. In exchange for the restriction on Iran, the other nations agreed to loosen economic sanctions that had crippled its economy. The signatories of the accord were the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the EU.

President Trump claimed that Iran has violated the deal multiple times, while also calling into question the deal’s future. The president called the agreement a “temporary delay” on Iran’s “path to nuclear weapons.

“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence,” Trump continued.

By decertifying the agreement, the President has started the clock on a 60-day congressional review of the deal. President Trump indicated he wants Congress to look to toughen requirements for Iran to continue receiving relief from economic sanctions. Unanimously opposed by Republicans in 2015, Trump has seen republican support from many in his party.

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