President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday morning that he plans to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, according to a person briefed on the conversation. Trump has often regarded the deal initiated during the Obama administration as a “bad” one.
President Trump’s decision unravels the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Left-leaning media outlets also claim it is isolating the United States among its allies and leaving it at even greater odds with its adversaries in dealing with the Iranians.
Iran has already issued warnings of “severe consequences” should the US decide to pull the plug on the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a cheering crowd of thousands Tuesday that if any country decides to betray the 2015 nuclear deal, there will be “severe consequences.” Although Rouhani didn’t specifically name the United States, he did say that Tehran is “prepared for all possible situations.”
The New York Timesreported that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will work to convince Donald Trump to stay in the agreement at a meeting later this week. And in the meantime, French president Emmanuel Macron is diligently working on swaying Trump’s mind on the issue as well. Both European leaders want the US to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal put in place by Barack Obama. –SHTFPlan
Trump has not stayed quiet as to how he personally feels about the deal made by his predecessor.
The United States is preparing to reinstate all sanctions it had waived as part of the nuclear accord — and impose additional economic penalties as well, the person said, according to the New York Times. A second person familiar with negotiations to keep the 2015 accord in place said the talks collapsed over Trump’s insistence that sharp limits be kept on Iran’s nuclear fuel production after 2030. The deal currently lifts those limits. Trump is allegedly also planning to formally announce his decision at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the White House.
The decision will, however, fulfill one of Trump’s oft-repeated campaign promises, and came despite intense personal lobbying by European leaders and frantic attempts to craft fixes to the deal that would satisfy him. Trump’s aides persuaded him twice to stay in the agreement, but the president has made it crystal clear that his patience with the deal had worn thin. Armed with a new, more war hungry set of advisers — led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the national security adviser, John R. Bolton — Trump faced much less internal resistance this time.
It appears that even some in the mainstream media are now siding with Trump with regards to the withdraw from the weapons accord. Even after inception of the agreement in 2015, the regime has been confronted with credible information that it is operating more advanced centrifuges than permitted, exceeding limits on production of heavy water and, according to Fox News, covertly procuring nuclear and missile technology outside of approved channels: These are all material breaches of the deal.