The consequences of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal


U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal
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    Pratibha bissht

    pratibhabissht@mtkenyatimes.co.ke

    There is no good reason for the United States to withdraw now, with no alternative in hand. Perhaps the president will listen to US allies and reluctantly concur. The decision is his and the consequences will also be his responsibility.
    President Trump has been criticized for lacking even a shred of cohesion in his decision making. The latest of his predecessor’s accomplishments set for incineration is the Iran deal, which Trump announced plans to abandon. The withdrawal comes after months of campaigning from experts, administration officials and the international community to preserve the deal, which Trump has been decrying as “one of the worst” ever since the 2016 campaign. While announcing the United States’ removal from the “decaying and rotten” agreement, Trump said its “fine” that Iran is refusing to negotiate a new deal, and that he will be ready to talk when the nation does decide to discuss new terms. In the meantime, Trump says he will work to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and that if the regime resumes its development of a weapons program, “it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before.” He continued: Today’s action sends a critical message … the U.S. no longer sends empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.”

    Negotiated in July 2015, the deal, officially dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, stipulated that Iran rid itself of nuclear fuel if the United States waived sanctions that had been crippling the nation’s economy. As part of the deal, a UN nuclear agency would monitor Iran’s fidelity to the agreement and, thus far, the agency has determined that Iran has complied. After 10 years, restrictions on research and development would lighten, and after 15 years, Iran would be able to produce nuclear fuel, but not in service of a weapons program. Along with the lack of a provision preventing Iran from testing ballistic missiles, this “sunset clause” has been……Subscribe to Readmore………

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