At the United Nations General Assembly earlier this month, Trump said in his speech that the 2015 nuclear agreement, which was led by his predecessor Barack Obama, was “one-sided” and an “embarrassment” to the United States.
Many have hinted that Trump will not recertify Iran as compliant to the deal, and many officials have supported this potential move. United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that Iran is not complying with the spirit of the deal which was put in place to put an end to Iran’s nuclear program. She also said that Trump would have more than enough reason to not certify Iran compliant.
Echoing the comments by Haley is National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, who said: “The President has already declared that the Iranian regime is not living up to its obligation. They are certainly not living up to the spirit of this agreement. Instead of contributing to regional peace and security, as the deal calls for, Iran is using proxy forces and a terrorist network to foment violence and victimize innocents across the greater Middle East. The Iranian regime is seeding these networks with increasingly destructive weapons as they try to establish a bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria.”
On the other hand, others, including leaders in the EU firmly believe that the United States should not pull out of the deal and are not interested in renegotiations. And neither is Iran interested in renegotiating the deal. And with good reason because the nuclear deal, as it stands, is wholly beneficial to the Islamic Republic which has seen billions of dollars’ worth of assets unfrozen. Numerous concessions were given to Iran in the deal, and if the crippling sanctions that were in place before the deal was signed are reissued, the country’s economy would suffer greatly again.
If Trump decides not to recertify Iran compliance, the future of the deal will essentially be in the hand of Congress. It will have sixty days to decide whether the pre-agreement sanctions will be reapplied.
Whatever way the decision goes, it is very clear that Iran cannot continue along the same destructive path as it has been for years. It is involved in many acts of belligerence across the Middle East and there are now reasonable claims that it is financing the nuclear program in North Korea.
Iran has complete disregard for the international condemnations that have slammed the North Korean dictator’s brazen attitude and actions that threaten the entire world.
There are claims that the Iranian regime will be able to get nuclear weapons from North Korea when it wants. In exchange for cash of course, but cash that the Iranian regime has because of the nuclear deal.
Appeasement made no change to Iran’s behaviour when Obama was in office, so it is certain that the opposite approach needs to be employed.