Trump Approves Iran Nuclear Deal For 'Last Time'
On Friday, Trump renewed the Iran nuclear deal - in which he has referred to as “the worst deal ever -” for what he says will be the ‘last time.’ This act extends the U.S.’s commitment to the deal for another 120 days. The President commented that the time will be used for the U.S. and Europe to fix the “terrible flaws” within the deal.
One of the flaws pointed out by the White House is that the deal allows for Iran to continue its enrichment of uranium in 2025. The Trump administration has stated that it wants EU members to sign an agreement that would permanently end the authoritarian regime’s uranium enrichment program. Continually, the President called for Iran’s ballistic missile program to be addressed and for a restraint of their development.
Trump remarked about this final extension is the last chance, stating that, “In the absence of such agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.” The waiver of such sanctions would further hurt the declining Iran economy, which, is presently plagued by inflation amongst other things.
Since the implementation of sanctions over 20 years ago, the Iranian economy has been sluggish, resulting in a decrease in spending power and rising prices and unemployment. The sanctions also significantly impacted the country’s crude oil exports, which, decreased government revenue and had a crippling impact on the greater economy.
President Trump furthered his comments saying that, “And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.” Although the U.S. has temporarily repealed several sanctions in accordance with the nuclear deal, it still maintains several on Iran regarding issues such as human rights, their support of terrorist organizations, and their ballistic missiles program.
Continually, the Trump administration showed that it is unafraid to reinstitute as-well-as impose new sanctions on the Middle-Eastern country. On Friday, the President authorized separate sanctions for fourteen Iranian entities and individuals that it accused of rights abuses, support for weapon proliferators and censorship.
According to senior White House officials, Trump is prepared to support a modified version of the deal that would ultimately ban Iran’s uranium enrichment and limit it’s ballistic missile program. Additionally, the President wants Congress to construct a law addressing its participation in the deal that would grant Washington the power to reimpose all sanctions if Iran infringes upon certain “trigger points.”
The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, criticized Trump’s comments stating that his actions are a “desperate attempt” to undermine a “solid” deal. As for the EU signatories, Germany has agreed to supporting the nuclear deal’s complete implementation and to work for a “common way forward” with Britain and France. Whether it be a restructured deal or the U.S. abandoning the Obama Era agreement, President Trump’s administration appears to be staunchly committed to end Iran’s enrichment activities permanently and to curtail its ballistic missile development one way or another.