The Trump administration was not satisfied when they recertified the Iranian nuclear deal on Monday, pointing to an agreement set up by Barack Obama that simply won’t hold the country accountable.
The agreement, also known as the JCPOA, went into effect in October 2015 and is between China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the U.S., the European Union, and Iran. Former-President Obama claimed the agreement would stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but then-candidate Donald Trump was very unimpressed and promised to “rip up” the deal when the time was right.
“My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” Trump said in a May 2016 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Senior administration officials told reporters that Iran has technically followed the conditions laid out in the nuclear deal, explaining why it will be recertified. But that doesn’t change the fact that many senior officials – including President Trump – don’t believe Iran is following the “spirit” of the agreement. This is due to Iran’s continued missile development, hostility towards Israel, cyberattacks against foreign nations, and deplorable human rights abuses. Because of this, much needed new sanctions will be levied against Iran to hold them accountable for these actions.
Another senior official backed President Trump’s gameplan, explaining that “moving forward the administration intends to employ a strategy that will address the totality of Iran’s malign behavior and not just narrowly focus on the nuclear agreement.”
Hopefully, Iran is just the first of many foreign countries to get the full Trump treatment. These global atrocities will not stand with our President in the White House and these are the first steps necessary to make longstanding change. Obama simply didn’t have the spine to stand up to these world leaders and it’s going to take a man like our Commander-In-Chief to set the standard moving forward.
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