The JPCOA had the potential to give Iran domestic tranquility through prosperity. Instead, Iranian leadership chose to pay for its foreign meddling in the region, and left its domestic spending needs in vain.

After US President Trump made it clear that the Iranian violations of the agreement would not be forgiven or tolerated, he announced the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement, and that sanctions would be renewed. The sanctions that were reimposed after Trump exited the JPCOA in May has exacerbated the problems of an already shaky economy.

Iranian officials responded with threats and criticism. In fact, a few days after Trump’s announcement, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stated, “It seems that Mr. Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues and the language of force is more effective for this person so that he could face the consequences of his arrogant characteristics. . ..”

And, according to Iran’s Foreign Ministry, “We are extremely concerned that the United States is once again acting contrary to the opinion of the majority of states and exclusively in its own narrow-minded and opportunistic interests, in flagrant violation of international law.”

European parties to the accord will side with Iran, said IRGC Chief-Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, who believes that Iranian nuclear deal with the United States will collapse.

President Hassan Rouhani said that there was a “short time” to negotiate with the countries that did not withdraw from the nuclear agreement. “The nuclear deal will continue if we see we can meet the demands of the Iranian people with the cooperation of five countries in the short period.” He added, “Our heroic people will not be affected by this psychological attack. . .. Iran’s economic progress will continue. Our people should not be worried at all.”

Iran chose to ignore the its own domestic privations, and now the frightening economic reality of the re-imposed sanctions has pushed this regime close to the brink. A storm is coming to Iran — its people call for regime change, and it appears to be within their grasp.