Was Trump Right To Withdraw From The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Despite other nations committing to the deal, Trump has called it an “embarrassment” to US citizens.

Trump’s commitment to unravelling Obama-era policy continued with his announcement that the US will pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Signed in 2015, the deal saw the US, France, China, UK, Germany, and Russia agree on lifting economic sanctions on Iran in return for the limitation of its nuclear activities.

Other notable Obama policies Trump has overturned include banning police from being given military equipment, the Paris Climate Agreement, and Obamacare, the ex president’s flagship healthcare service.

But what are the implications of Trump’s latest act of revisionism? Have his actions displeased the other nations in the agreement?

Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran. Photo by Kremlin.ru

Defective deal

“The Iran deal is defective at it’s core” Trump has said. “If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

The US President takes the stance that the agreement is a form of inaction, and for him, inaction is bad. Especially when it comes to foreign policy. The aim, he says, is to “prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon”.

On announcing the US’s withdrawal from the deal, he said that Iran “exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the middle east and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.”

“This disastrous deal…” he continued, “gave this regime, and it’s a regime of great terror, many billions of dollars, some of it in actual cash. A great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens of the United States”

Trump plans to re-impose economic sanctions that were originally in place before the 2015 deal in the hope that it will slow Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. The US treasury has said that these sanctions would take between 90 and 160 days to come into effect.

French President Macron and UK Prime Minister May. Photo by Number 10

Defective diplomacy

In response, Iran have announced they will prepare to restart for uranium enrichment the BBC have reported. The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has said that “I have ordered the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to be ready for action if needed, so that if necessary we can resume our enrichment on an industrial level without any limitations.”

But so far, the other members of the deal remain committed to the agreement. Theresa May has said that she “regretted” Trump’s withdrawal.

Mrs May, Chancellor Merkel and President Macron said in a joint statement that, “Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld”

They added that 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”

The Financial Times writes that European allies “spent months beseeching Mr Trump” to remain part of the deal, but to no avail. For now, Iran appear to still be abiding by the agreement but politicians from the other countries involved are still unsure as to the full ramifications of Trump’s withdrawal. 

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