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May 9, 2018

President Donald Trump quits Barack Obama's Iran Deal and receives a lot of criticism.

Is that criticism justified?

 

On July 14, 2015, in Vienna a deal was agreed between China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Germany on the one hand and Iran on the other. The deal concerned the research sites, two uranium mines, a test reactor for research, and facilities for the processing of uranium, including three plants for the enrichment of uranium.

 

The deal is the so called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In accordance with the deal Iran signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty through which Iran's atomic program will be checked by the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency. In order to ensure that Iran would be bound by the treaty, almost $ 150 billion were flown to Iran, money that, as the Obama administration finally admitted, is used to finance further terrorists' activities.

Yet on May 8, 2018, the IAEA through the general director Yukiya Amano announced that "Iran is certainly in accordance with the regulations".
On CNN the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia expressed concern about the position of Iran and that in 2025 part of the sanctions would be lifted.

"President Trump signed a memorandum to end the deal, reinstating the nuclear sanctions against Iran originally put in place by the Obama administration."

 

But what does the treaty look like in general terms according to The American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
See this pdf.

2015 the Iran nuclear agreement is reached
2016 the implementation begins
2020 the arms embargo for Iran is lifted
2023 US nuclear sanctions are lifted if Congress agrees.
2025 sanctions of the United Nations are lifted
2026 most nuclear restrictions are lifted
2031 all restrictions are lifted
2026-2041 access to the facilities expires, so control is no longer effective

There are dubious aspects to the deal.
There is criticism because many criticize everything that Trump does, no matter if it is good or bad.

 

Germany and France want the deal to remain effective and most certainly because of commercial reasons as well. That is understandable because trade of these countries with Iran is thriving and growing. Do not forget that France with its "force de frappe" is very knowledgeable about nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. Germany also supplied equipment, machines and chemical products to Iran years ago and does not think about giving up that trade.

 

Added on 29 June, 2018, Robert Spencer video Why isn't Obama charged with treason for his Iran dealings?

 

Trump may have another argument but he does not talk about it. Namely that by pulling out of the Iran deal he makes it clear that a possible treaty with North Korea will be stricter and that North Korea can count on strict control by the international community but especially by America. That is a warning. Kim Jong-un gets nothing for nothing.

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