President Trump has declared the Iran Nuclear Deal is no longer in US National Security interests, but he isn't withdrawing from the landmark deal.
The 2015 agreement was negotiated over 18 months by the Obama Administration and with world powers, including Russia, China and European allies. The decision today stops short of pulling the US out but puts Congress in charge of whether or not to follow up with action.
President Trump breaking with world leaders saying Iran is not living up to the "spirit of the Iran Nuclear Deal". He says, "The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."
While he fell short of pulling the US out of the deal, which lifted punishing sanctions on the Iranian regime for limits on and inspections of its nuclear program. He did decertify the agreement, and also imposed new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard for supporting terrorism.
Trump vows that his policy will mean "Iran never, and I mean never, acquires a nuclear weapon".
The agreement, however, was meant to do just that.
Tom Collina, Arms and Security Expert, tells us, "the President would be undermining this important deal that is preventing Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. If we get rid of this deal and Iran does pursue a bomb, it makes military action by the United States to stop more likely. There is no reason for this; it's completely unnecessary."
With this decision, the president goes against the advice of many in his own security team and isolates the US against our closest allies, who say Iran is abiding by the spirit of the deal. The European Union's top diplomat saying ending the deal that was internationally negotiated isn't the president's choice, "The President of the United States of America has many powers. Not this one... We cannot afford as the international community, as Europe for sure, to dismantle an agreement that is working and delivering".
The Iranian Foreign Minister said it's America who has made clear its "lack of adherence" to the deal and it's spirit. The move essentially punts the issue to Congress, adding to their already daunting list, but if the Congress can't reach an agreement the president likes, says Pelosi, "The agreement will be terminated".
The governments of France, Germany and the UK issued a joint statement saying they are concerned by the possible implications of the president decertifying the deal but remain committed to ensuring it is maintained.
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