President Trump: Ignore the Iran Deal "fixers" and just kill it


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday that he expected Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran, without addressing what he would decide on the nuclear deal's sanctions.

INU -As of Thursday, most news outlets were still reporting that President Donald Trump was likely to once again allow the USA to remain in the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite the fact that he has described it as the worst deal ever negotiated and has withheld certification of Iran's compliance with it.

Scrapping the deal now would remove important existing constraints on Iran's nuclear program, and would leave the United States in a far weaker position to negotiate meaningful future limits on the program, said the US think tank report. USA officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations told AP Trump was likely to back the accord for now but that he may pair his decision with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people.

"Legislative gimmicks that don't permanently fix the Iran nuclear deal under US law, regardless of which party controls the White House, and continued European photo-ops with Javad Zarif are like waving a red flag in front of an angry bull", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Still, Mr. Trump's expected action is most important for what he will not do: reinstate sanctions on Iran's central bank and oil exports, which were lifted as an inducement to Tehran for constraining its nuclear program.

Any move by President Trump to re-impose sanctions could deal a mortal blow to further efforts to revive a groundswell of support for a return to some semblance of democracy in Iran.

In October, Trump declined to certify to Congress that staying in the nuclear deal was in America's interest even though the International Atomic Energy Agency repeatedly has said that Iran has complied with the agreement. Basically, one side is benefiting from the JCPOA, but it is only Iran that is upholding the promises it had made. Araghchi added that Iran is ready for every future scenario, whether or not the JCPOA is saved. Instead, they are the result of years of structural economic problems, poor governance, corruption and domestic political disagreements.

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If he does allow the punitive measures to go back into effect, Iran will accuse the United States of breaking the deal, under which Tehran accepted restrictions on its nuclear program.

Another proposal would require snapback if Iran refuses a request from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s atomic watchdog, to inspect a military site not now being monitored.

Worryingly, despite his professed concern for the protestors more broadly, Trump's own policies towards Iran are far more likely to hurt than help the Iranian people. To hear one senior European official tell it, "Trump keeps poking and prodding Tehran to do something stupid, but the Iranians are too smart to fall for it". Defense Secretary James Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have all advised the president to abide by the agreement and extend relief from the sanctions.

In October, Trump announced that he had chose to decertify Iran's compliance with the pact.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official's warning on Monday.

Donald Trump does not like the Iran nuclear deal.

Other debates center on Iran's missile testing.