Donald Trump Decertifies Iran Deal Defying Western Allies

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks announcing the result of the administration’s strategic review of the policy toward Iran, Friday, October 13, 2017, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks announcing the result of the administration’s strategic review of the policy toward Iran, Friday, October 13, 2017, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

The U.S. President Trump has decertified the Iran’s compliance with the historic Iran agreement known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The world powers signed the landmark 2015 deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme. Iran was granted with sanctions relief in return.

The battling Iran economy after years of sanctions had a vital moment as JCPOA removed the sanctions by the powerful economies of the world.

The Iran deal, signed by the former U.S. President Barack Obama, was opposed by the Republican legislators from the beginning.

The opponent legislators passed a law that the U.S. President will have to certify the JCPOA in every 90 days.

President Trump already certified the deal twice.  As he promised before the election to end the Iran deal, continuous certification of the deal became a contentious issue for the Trump administration as it tries to stay true its base.

Donald Trump told the press on Friday, “As I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the US has ever entered into… What is the purpose of a deal that, at best, only delays Iran’s nuclear capability for a short period of time? This, as president of the US, is unacceptable.”

Trump’s speech indicated tougher U.S. stance against Iran’s revolutionary guards. He said, “The execution of our strategy begins with the long-overdue step of imposing tough sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Revolutionary Guard is the Iranian Supreme Leader’s corrupt personal terror force and militia.”

He said the U.S. Congress has already begun to work to address “the flaws in the deal also include insufficient enforcement and near total silence on Iran’s missile programs.”

Trump said if the Congress is not “able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated.”

Donald Trump’s move, however, doesn’t immediately pull the U.S. out of the 2015 pact. It is now up to the U.S. Congress to decide the final U.S. action.

The international allies of the U.S. have been urging to the U.S. not to withdraw from the 2015 pact.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the responsible authority to ensure if Iran is in compliance with the accord, Iran has so far been in total compliance with the agreement.

After Trump’s unilateral decision to decertify the pact, the U.S. legislators have 60 days for legislative actions.

Trump said if the Congress is not “able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated.”

Trump Can’t Cancel the Deal Unilaterally  

The foreign policy chief of the European Union Federica Mogherini said, “We cannot afford as the international community to dismantle a nuclear agreement that is working.”

“The president of the United States has many powers, but not this one.”-Mogherini

“This deal is not a bilateral agreement, this is not an international treaty … so it is clearly not in the hands of any president of any country in the world to terminate an agreement of this sort.”

According to Mogherini, Trump doesn’t have the power to cancel this deal that is working.

“The president of the United States has many powers, but not this one,” she added.

“The international community and the European Union with it has clearly indicated that the deal is, and will, continue to be in place.”

 


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