President Donald Trump announced today that he will reinstate sanctions on Iran. He will not renew the waivers for those sanctions in accordance with the Iran nuclear deal that was made during the Obama administration.
The deal gave Iran relief from billions of dollars in sanctions and, in exchange, Iran curbed its nuclear program, destroyed equipment and allowed international inspectors entry to ensure they were in compliance.
To date, Iran has met all requirements of the deal. The agreement was not a unilateral one between only Iran and the U.S. It also involved many American allies. French President Emmanuel Macron, on his U.S. visit last month, tried to convince the president to remain in the agreement.
Former President Barack Obama, who helped broker the deal, calls Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal a “serious mistake” that will make the world a more dangerous place. The move “turns our back on America’s closest allies” and “risks eroding America’s credibility and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.”
Obama calls Trump decision to pull out of Iran deal a “serious mistake” that will make the world a more dangerous place. The move "turns our back on America’s closest allies” and "risks eroding America’s credibility and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers."
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) May 8, 2018
Trump made rescinding the Iran deal a key facet of his 2016 presidential campaign. Despite progress made by the agreement, the president has called it the “worst deal ever negotiated.” In January, Trump renewed the sanctions waiver for Iran but promised it would be the last time he did so. He demanded that European allies “fix” the agreement.
While Tehran has threatened that the U.S. pulling out of the deal would kill the deal entirely, many believe Iran is likely to remain committed to the agreement so long as they are able to receive continued relief from European countries.
Ahead of Trump’s formal announcement today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran wants to continue “working with the world and constructive engagement with the world.” That signals to European nations that Iran may be willing to continue to abide by the terms of the deal so long as they continue to be permitted to do business with European companies.
Supporters of the Iran deal warn that Trump’s decision provides Iran with an excuse to pick up its nuclear program again. Allies, such as France and Germany, are strongly opposed to the president’s move and have warned that the consequences might be war in the Middle East.
Twitter was not happy:
Trump has now widened the scope of US conflict with our closest allies from trade/tariffs to Iran confrontation/sanctions
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 8, 2018
The only principle that seems to be at work in Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Iran deal is that if President Obama did it, it must be undone, and Trump will somehow "renegotiate" it and do it better. Not unlike his approach to every domestic achievement of the 44th POTUS.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 8, 2018
there is zero explanation how we are supposed to get the better deal now. Iran has its money, our allies are in the deal and its economy is better now than before. If Iran resumes we are faced with either war or countenancing
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 8, 2018
HILLARY WANTS WAR WITH IRAN, THEY SAID
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) May 8, 2018
Trump's merging two arguments: One against the initial deal, one for pulling out of it now. But even some major critics of the deal itself argue it's counterproductive to leave now that Iran has already received sanctions relief and allies are locked in.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 8, 2018
"Today's action sends a critical message: the United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them." President Trump announces that the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal https://t.co/sMnQF3MwqH pic.twitter.com/YaBd34HsGJ
— CNN International (@cnni) May 8, 2018
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