If our goal is actually to avoid Iran having nuclear weapons, how on earth does pulling out of the JCPOA accomplish that?
In 2015, the Secretary of State at the time, John Kerry, brought nuclear physicist and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz with him to Iran to negotiate a nuclear deal. Yet the USA leader suggested that he is "willing, ready and able" to negotiate a new deal.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been in power since 1989 and outranks the elected president, had said Iran would "shred" the deal if the United States pulled out. And all I did was say, 'look, you guys really ought to try to keep the agreement.
Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un.
Tuesday's move embodies the Trump administration's approach to the world: a disregard for hand-wringing from Democrats, allies overseas and moderate Republicans that the U.S.is abandoning its global leadership. Those measures, including others by the European Union, were meant to pressure Iran to limit its nuclear activities.
Trump made good on a longstanding campaign promise Tuesday and signed a presidential memorandum reimposing crippling sanctions on Iran that had been waived under the 2015 agreement.
"The American intelligence community has concluded that Iran has not violated the agreement".
But Trump's approach is fraught with risk.
The negotiations pivoted around two scientific experts, with a deep understanding of how enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium are developed - two ingredients which can be used to create nuclear weapons.
More, it encouraged Iran's inflaming of conflicts across the region and expanding its influence at the expense of U.S. allies. And Iran now doesn't have to allow the inspections. 4 key questions about Trump's Iran deal decisionThe accord had lifted some economic penalties and sanctions in return for Iran backing off its nuclear ambitions. Before even working on Iran, the US and the E3 need to reach an agreement on what constitutes a good deal. We gave the White House sanctions authority almost a year ago to take stiff action against Iranian violation of missile program rules and violations of human rights provisions.
Oil prices fluctuated in a turbulent day of trading yesterday as markets awaited details of President Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran.
In a joint statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron they "will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement".
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply disappointed" by the decision and he called on the other signatories "to abide fully" by their commitments.
In a message directed to Iran itself, Mogherini said: "Do not let anyone dismantle this agreement".
In the end, we concluded that we could not support the deal, as we feared its flaws - no binding provisions on ballistic missile development, no focus on Iran's destabilizing regional behavior, weaknesses in the coverage of the inspections regime, and a unsafe sunset clause - would ultimately define it.
That's a high bar.
Writing in the Atlantic earlier today David Frum, a former adviser to George W. Bush posed the question, "What happens if or when North Korea resumes weapons tests that threaten USA cities at exactly the same time as Trump is blustering against Iran?"
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