by Darius Shahtahmasebi, The Anti Media:
Last Friday, Donald Trump made a hard-hitting speech demonizing Iran. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise considering candidate Trump made it quite clear that he despised Iran. Prior to that, he had spent the last few years criticizing Barack Obama for entering into a nuclear agreement with the Iranian government. President Trump has now further intensified his stance, threatening to derail the deal multiple times before announcing his plan to “decertify” Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Donald Trump has vehemently voiced his opposition to the JCPOA over the course of the last few years. “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States ever entered into,” is just one of Trump’s lamentations. He also called it an “embarrassment” and a “catastrophe,” at one point stating it was “incompetently negotiated.”
For the sake of this contention, let’s accept Trump’s assertion that the JCPOA is one of the “worst” and most “one-sided transactions” the U.S. has ever been a party to. If this is true, the simple solution would be to exit the deal completely.
So why hasn’t he exited the deal? The president has been in office since January, has been bashing Iran the entire time, and has flirted with demolishing the JCPOA numerous times. Yet the U.S. is still a party to this deal (remember, it’s one of the worst deals of all time).
“Accounts from inside the White House suggest that it’s supposed to be a kind of Goldilocks compromise: a move that would prevent Trump from having to regularly certify that the Iran deal is working, which wounds his pride given how publicly he’s criticized it, while simultaneously avoiding the potentially catastrophic consequences of quitting the Iran deal.”
If anything, President Trump is actually still acting well within the scope of the agreement – certainly not outside of it. As Vox explained further:
“Decertification, on its own, does not put the US in violation of this deal, because it doesn’t reimpose sanctions. There’s nothing in the text of the deal itself…that requires the American president to certify that Iran is complying with the deal’s terms.”
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