White House: Trump could kill Iran deal next month

Matt Saintsing
March 26, 2018 - 4:44 pm

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President Donald trump may withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal if changes to the agreement aren’t made, a White House spokesperson said Monday.

“(Trump) thinks it’s one of the worst agreements the United States has ever made internationally. He is insistent on change, both at the congressional level working with Congress and also with our European partners,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said during a press briefing.

“If changes aren’t made, the president is prepared to potentially withdraw from the agreement.”

The Iran deal, negotiated by then-President Barack Obama’s administration in 2015, has been criticized by Trump who says the U.S. could pull-out of the deal as soon as May.

There’s been a lot of talk about the ominiously nicknamed “the Iran deal,” but here’s what it actually is: The U.S., U.K., Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union agreed in 2015 to lift sanctions imposed on iran’s nuclear program, which gave the country greater access to the global economy.

In return, Tehran agreed to take meaningful steps to stem its nuclear ambitions, limiting their nuclear activity to peaceful applications—like energy—and to allow a group of scientists at the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect their nuclear facilities.

Trump has railed against the deal and has claimed Iran is violating “the spirit” of the deal as it continues to test missiles. While that would most certainly be in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, the scope of the deal is limited to Iran’s nuclear—not ballistic—capabilities.

When John Bolton assumes the role as national security advisor next month, he’s likely to advocate for the U.S. withdrawal.

Bolton has expressed a firm believe that American military action is needed to contain Iran and prevent the nation from developing nuclear weapons. In 2008, he suggested the US should conduct strikes on Iran as retaliation for them aiding insurgents in Iraq.

However, Bolton has attempted in recent days to distance himself from some of his previous views.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the foreign ministers of France and Germany he predicts “with high probability” Trump will withdraw from the deal in May, according to Israel’s Channel 10 News.