“Today we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie.”
President Donald Trump announced that America will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump has consistently threatened to withdraw from the deal, but extended it a few times in his first year. However, in January, Trump said this would be his last waiver “unless the deal is strengthened by Congress and European allies.”
Official WH Statement: "President Trump is terminating US participation in the JCPOA [the #IranDeal] as it failed to protect American national security. The JCPOA enriched Iran's regime & enabled its malign behavior while at best delaying its ability to pursue nuclear weapons…" pic.twitter.com/5ZLFCjaKfI
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) May 8, 2018
“I am announcing today that the United State will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” proclaimed Trump in front of the media.
“Today we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie,” Trump said. He brought up Israel’s findings of Iran working on its nuclear weapons program. Trump’s admin concluded that we cannot prevent Iran from having a nuclear bomb under this “defective” agreement.
Trump’s biggest problem with the Iranian deal? The sunset clause “that allows key limitations on Iran’s use and development of new technologies for uranium enrichment to be phased out beginning in 2025.”
He reminded everyone that Iran is a leader of state-sponsored terrorism, especially with Hezbollah. He also believes that if the deal stays in place there would be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
He also warned everyone that America “no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.”
After his conference, he signed a presidential memorandum that will begin to reinstate “US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime.” Trump described them as “the highest level of economic sanction” and that “[A]ny nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States.”
“American will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,” Trump declared.
The sanctions will come with “grace periods for businesses to wind down activity so they don’t violate the sanctions.” The Treasury Department noted “certain 90-day and 180-day wind-down periods,” but did not offer details on which sanctions qualify for which timeline. But once those periods end, the sanctions will go into “full effect,” including punishment for “non-Americans if they do business with Iran.”
Since January, American officials have been working with European allies like France and the United Kingdom to make changes to the deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed all the allies that the changes did not satisfy Trump.
However, Pompeo supposedly told France, Germany, and the UK “that the Trump administration would be open to resuming negotiations if its European partners agree to be more aggressive in eliminating the deal’s so-called sunset clauses.”
Israel stands by us:
Israel stands with the US and supports President Trump's brave and important decision. Curbing Iran's nuclear program will be much more effective once American sanctions are reinstated. The State of Israel thanks President Trump for his leadership in this critical battle.
— Tzipi Hotovely (@TzipiHotovely) May 8, 2018
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) May 8, 2018
From the AP:
Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s decision Tuesday an “historic move.” He says leaving the Iran deal unchanged would be “a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.”
Netanyahu is a leading critic of the deal, saying it did not contain sufficient safeguards to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear-weapons capability or address Iran’s other activities across the region.
He says Iran’s aggression has grown since the deal, especially in Syria, where he says it is “trying to establish military bases to attack Israel.”
The AP reported that the French president responded that the three countries “regret” his decision:
The French president’s office says France, Britain and Germany “regret” U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iranian nuclear accord, calling it a threat to global efforts to contain nuclear weapons.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the “nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake” because of Trump’s announcement Tuesday.
Macron’s office says the French president spoke Tuesday evening with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May about the Iran accord and next steps after Trump’s decision.
British PM May, German Chancellor Merkel and French Pres. Macron issue joint statement expressing "regret and concern" following Pres. Trump's Iran nuclear deal announcement:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 8, 2018
The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the agreement “a pillar of international security” and called “on its signatories to continue to respect it.”
Iran has insisted it will do just fine no matter what Trump decides, but its currency, the rial, continues on a downward spiral.
The regime has promised retaliation. From The Washington Free Beacon:
Iranian leaders quickly lashed out at Trump, threatening harsh reprisals against the United States and vowing to never renegotiate a new deal to constrain the country’s nuclear enrichment program, which Iran has bragged can be put online in just a matter of days in a much greater fashion than it was capable of when the deal was originally negotiated by the former Obama administration.
The deal is “by no means negotiable,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in recent remarks to European leaders. Rouhani emphasized that Tehran would not accept any new restrictions on its nuclear program and its ballistic missile development, which has emerged as a key concern in the region and beyond.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will stand against this strategy firmly and will not accept any excessive demands to make new concessions,” Ali Shamkhan, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said on Tuesday ahead of Trump’s announcement.
“If the nuclear deal is destroyed with the U.S. move, certainly, it will not benefit the U.S.,” Shamkhan said. “If the U.S. starts confrontation against Iran, we will not remain passive.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reacts to US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal, saying Trump is not loyal to international commitments https://t.co/deYkgcWcDc pic.twitter.com/xXQ5nYqKYq
— CNN (@CNN) May 8, 2018
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 8, 2018
The Obama Administration negotiated a landmark agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. @realDonaldTrump’s decision to withdraw from the deal breaks our word, hurts our credibility with our allies, empowers Iranian hardliners, and doesn’t make us any safer.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 8, 2018
Pelosi on Trump pulling out of Iran deal: The President's decision to follow his misguided and uninformed campaign promise to destroy the successful Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action endangers global security and defies comprehension.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 8, 2018
You know the era of American leadership in the world is ending when IRAN can say we stood by our international commitments (which they did) and the U.S. did not.
— Negar (@NegarMortazavi) May 8, 2018
Beyond the potentially catastrophic consequences with Iran, Trump's decision is devastating to U.S. credibility globally. After this, why would anyone trust an international agreement that the U.S. negotiates?
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) May 8, 2018
By walking away from the JCPOA, Trump makes it easier for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. He is creating this crisis. Now, we all have to face the consequences. #IranDeal
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) May 8, 2018
Trump and his fellow neanderthal neocons don't want a "deal" with Iran. They want unconditional surrender. They want to beat them into the ground. And since they didn't get that, they are tearing up one of the best foreign policy achievements of the past few decades. #IranDeal
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) May 8, 2018
My thoughts on President Trump’s Iran statement: pic.twitter.com/E5A12PKnnx
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 8, 2018
The President’s “accomplishment” today is making it easier for Iran to re-start its nuclear weapons program.
For this, he’ll get a big cheer from the same crowd who got us into Iraq.
Vote them out. Vote them all out.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 8, 2018
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