Iran Nuclear Deal, Is It Still “The Worst Deal Ever”?
By admin July 24, 2017

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On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump criticized many of his predecessor’s deals, some of which the US President has begun dismantling. Alongside the Paris Climate Agreement, the international nuclear agreement with Iran was scorned by Trump as being insufficiently tough and going as far to say it was “the worst deal ever.” Now, for the second time since taking office, President Trump has had to recertify Iran’s compliance with the deal. So how is the Obama-era deal actually working?

The Iran Nuclear Deal, which was brokered in 2015 by the world’s six major powers, limited Iran’s nuclear program, allowing it to produce small amounts of uranium, a cap that lasts 15 years, in exchange for lifting a plethora of crippling economic international sanctions that had been imposed on the Islamic Republic. In reality, the deal was struck in order to prevent Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapons program – two years on and Iran has upheld their end of the bargain.

Iran continues to stress their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, citing it has the right to develop nuclear energy. To this end, Iran has abided by the terms of the agreement by limits on stockpiling low-enriched uranium, heavy water for nuclear plant operation and centrifuges for enriching uranium – all this while being closely and continuously monitored by inspectors with the International Atomic Agency.

However, what most concerns the Trump administration is the deals inability to address Tehran’s support of terrorism as well as its wide-reaching role in regional security issues. With regard to this “fundamental flaw,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said back in April to CNBC “I think this was one of the mistakes in how that agreement was put together, is that it completely ignored all of the other serious threats that Iran poses.”

On Monday, Trump declared that while Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement they were in default of the “spirit of the accord.” As afforded by the deal, the US can still penalize Iran and impose sanctions for behavior such as the development of ballistic missiles, which Tehran continues to pursue, or support for terrorism. As such, the US State Department announced new sanctions designated against 18 entities and individuals supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iran’s military, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Trump’s approach is mirrored by his European counterparts, who contend that the Iran Nuclear Deal was only ever intended to restrict Iran’s nuclear program, not combat the gulf of issues that continue to exist.

While it is not in doubt that the deal brokered by Obama has halted any nuclear weapons program Iran may have pursued, Iran’s other malign activities continue to foster an unstable security situation in the region. As the Trump administration looks at ways at strengthening enforcement of the deal, Iran has embraced the unfreezing of its assets, reflected in its recent $3 billion Boeing airliner deal.

Thus, as long as Iran continues to comply with the terms of the agreement struck, Trump will be forced to preserve it.

Further Reading:

Iran Nuclear Deal: Key Details

Trump Adds Sanctions on Iran After Certifying Its Compliance with Nuclear Deal

Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Matters

Has The Iran Nuclear Deal Changed Anything After Two Years?

The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

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