Trump Pulls out of the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump had decided that now was the time to keep another campaign promise, and that was to unilaterally blow up the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, which was agreed to by the P5 +1 countries, while Iran agreed on the framework to make this deal. In exiting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the JCPOA, he has single-handedly potentially triggered a new crisis in the Gulf. The governments that Donald Trump single-handedly went against in his retraction of the nuclear agreement are Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, Oman, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Holy See and finally the European Union.

The European Union consists of the following countries… Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

In other words, Donald Trump has single-handedly decided to violate the agreement that many developed countries have agreed to. He has also re-instituted sanctions that were lifted when President Barack Obama and Iran agreed to the deal. There is no indication that any country could state that Iran broke the agreement that would initiate Trump’s actions. It appears to be purely a campaign promise that he needed to keep for his base supporters. Nevertheless, it’s turned out to be his biggest mistake of his presidency.

People in power during Obama’s term as president think Donald Trump’s actions is his biggest mistake since he became president. John Brennan, the former CIA Chief under Barack Obama stated the following on Twitter after Trump’s announcement to pull out of the deal ”This madness is a danger to our national security”. In a tweet, he also stated that “Today, Donald Trump simultaneously lied about the Iranian nuclear deal, undermined global confidence in US commitments, alienated our closest allies, strengthened Iranian hawks, and gave North Korea more reason to keep its nukes.” He also states that it “puts us at odds with the world’s major powers and is a danger to our national security.” President Obama also chimed in, deciding not to stay silent as he has in the past about Trump’s actions as president. Obama wrote “In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility to the rest of the world”  What Trump has done is totally undermine Obama after 18 months working on the nuclear agreement with Iran and other nations in 2014 and 2015.

It is being reported by Eli Okun, a rising senior studying international relations at Brown University where he works as the editor-and-chief of the Brown Daily Herald, states that Iran still wants “to preserve the deal during a limited period of talks with its other signatories, China, France, Russia, Germany, Britain, and the European Union.

It is unknown as to what Trump expects to gain by pulling out of this agreement with Iran. He definitely has less bargaining power with Iran, and leaves the door open for Iran to eventually drop out of the agreement and start manufacturing centrifuges again to produce more nuclear fuel for bombs.

Sanctions will be re-instituted against Iran within a period of 90 to 180 days as Trump claims that Iran is building a nuclear program, but he has supplied no evidence of facts that this is true. The fact is that Iran has acted in compliance with the nuclear agreement. Other European allies such as Germany, France and the UK said that they plan to continue abiding by the agreement, in hopes that Iran will continue to work with them without the United States.