Less than three years from its negotiation in July 2015, the “Iran Deal” is over, thanks to US President Donald Trump. This story is all over the news, but just what is this deal and why would America want out of it?
Germany allied with the permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council – the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China – to hold Iran accountable for its nuclear development. The resultant Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ended 12 years of deadlock and the threat of nuclear war in the Middle East, as The Guardian reported.
President Barack Obama represented the US and Hassan Rouhani led the Iranians. It took 17 days to broker the agreement.
In a nutshell, the deal was that if Iran would agree to limit its nuclear program, sanctions would be lifted. All parties involved took a long view for peace. Under this arrangement, as planned:
“The conventional arms embargo will last another five years, and restrictions on ballistic missile technology will last eight years.”
If Iran broke the deal, sanctions would automatically resume within 65 days, unless the dispute could be resolved successfully.
Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, wasted no time in predicting the worst possible outcome from what he termed “capitulation” with their historical enemy nation:
“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted. Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. This is a bad mistake of historic proportions.”
Was Netanyahu correct in his skepticism of Iran’s ability to behave and live up to the terms of the Democratic-driven framework?
On May 8, 2018, after Trump announced his administrative decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton informed the wondering world that “Iran repeatedly violated the 2015 nuclear deal, contradicting statements by U.S. intelligence officials that Tehran was in compliance with the now-jettisoned accord.”
“I think there are plenty of cases where we’re simply incapable of saying whether they’re in compliance or not. There are others where I think they’ve clearly been in violation.”
One example Bolton cited was that Iran repeatedly exceeded the limits for making heavy water (deuterium oxide) – an essential component of nuclear reactors and a primary fuel for nuclear weapons.
Iran is “almost in the heavy water production business,” Bolton added. “They sell excess to Oman. They’ve sold it to European countries. It’s a way of keeping the heavy water production facilities alive.”
Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal was no secret. The Commander-in-Chief stated plainly that he would not renew the deal by its May 12 deadline unless the JCPOA was tightened up and made more effective in preventing Iranian nuclear proliferation.
Robert Palladino, speaking for the National Security Council (NSC), indicated that “Iran’s leaders also stated that they would not allow inspections of military facilities, a position that is clearly inconsistent with Iran’s JCPOA obligation.”
It turns out that Israeli intelligence agents stole Iranian documents that prove that Iran has kept all its nuclear weapons research while developing long-range missiles that could carry a nuclear warhead.
Bolton explained why Trump nixed the Iran nuclear deal:
“So recognizing that Iran has used the course of the negotiations, the lengthy period leading up to the deal to increase the capability and sophistication both of its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program, and has continued to do so since the deal in 2015, the only sure way to get on the path of stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons and delivery capabilities is to get out of the deal. And that’s what the president has done.”
It comes as no surprise that US Democratic leadership is hating on Trump right now, calling for his impeachment. What else is new?
Any time President Trump shows some foreign relations backbone, the Donkeys find something to whine about. But look what just happened in North and South Korea – thanks to the Republican team’s diplomatic prowess and business-like attitude.
Speaking of which, a New York Times opinion piece revealed this shocking fact:
“Iran is under looser nuclear strictures than South Korea, and would have been allowed to enrich as much material as it liked once the deal expired.”
This is why President Trump backed the United States out of the JCPOA. In his own words to the world:
“The United States no longer makes empty threats.”
It’s about time.