President Hassan Rouhani, on Wednesday, said that there is “no possibility” for the nuclear deal, made by the Obama administration with Iran, to be overturned by Trump, although Trump has threatened to do just that.
Phillips calls this “an outright lie. President Barack Obama purposely structured the deal as an executive agreement to make an end-run around Congress, which he knew would oppose the flawed and risky deal.”
Once he’s been inaugurated, Trump will have authority to revoke this executive agreement. During his campaign, Trump has called the deal “disastrous” and said his “No. 1 priority” would be to dismantle it.
According to Iran’s state television channel, Rouhani told his Cabinet that Tehran’s “understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the U.N. Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, urged Trump to accept the agreement. “Every U.S. president has to understand the realities of today’s world. The most important thing is that the future U.S. president stick to agreements, to engagements undertaken.”
Phillips call this advice, laughable, since it’s, “coming from the hypocritical leaders of a country that regularly violates international law by sponsoring terrorism, taking hostages, harassing shipping in international waters—not to mention violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by exporting arms to Palestinian terrorist groups, Hezbollah terrorists, Syrian militias, and Yemeni rebels.” Phillips adds, “Iran has also been caught trying to covertly buy illicit dual-use nuclear technology in Germany. This violates its commitments under the nuclear agreement to obtain international approval for all nuclear purchases.” Trump’s administration could use these violations to do away with the nuclear deal.
Trump stated that he will enforce the nuclear deal so strictly, making it clear that Iran is solely responsible for its demise.
During his presidential campaign Trump said, “You know, I’ve taken over some bad contracts. I buy contracts where people screwed up and they have bad contracts. But I’m really good at looking at a contract and finding things within a contract that, even if they’re bad, I would police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance. As bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract. Iran’s dictators have had an easy time out-negotiating and out-maneuvering the Obama administration, which eagerly sought to clinch a deal. The administration made huge concessions that allowed Iran to dismantle international sanctions without dismantling key elements of its nuclear program, which continues to advance.”
From what we’ve heard during the presidential race, the Trump administration will take a much harder line on the Iran nuclear issue, one of the earliest foreign policy issues to be addressed.