On May 8, 2018, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) received a stunning blow as U.S. President Trump officially withdrew the United States from the agreement.
During his announcement of this withdrawal, President Trump noted that #Iran is a leading state sponsor of terror, noting that the regime exports missiles to other nations and is active in fueling terrorist proxies and militias throughout the #MiddleEast. He also laid out his case against the JCPOA.
Iran deal and nuclear bomb
“In theory, the so-called ‘#IranDeal’ was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and – over time – reach the brink of a nuclear breakout,” said Trump. He also noted that the deal did nothing to address the other malignant activities of the regime.
Since the JCPOA took effect, the Iranian military budget has grown, but the economic benefits resulting from the lifting of sanctions has not been felt by the Iranian people.
“Making matters worse, the deal’s inspection provisions lack adequate mechanisms to prevent, detect, and punish cheating and don’t even have the unqualified right to inspect many important locations, including military facilities. Not only does the deal fail to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but it also fails to address the regime’s development of ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads,” said Trump.
The President noted that the last few months have included extensive talks with U.S. allies and partners in the international community, but that no new agreement could be reached that would keep the U.S. in the agreement.
President Trump signed a presidential memorandum to begin the process of reinstating U.S. sanctions on the Iranian regime.
“As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat. This will include efforts to eliminate the threat of Iran’s ballistic missile program, to stop its terrorist activities worldwide, and to block its menacing activity across the Middle East,” said Trump.
Iranian people benefits
He also noted that the last 40 years under the regime have left the Iranian people in a position of not knowing peace with their neighbors and the international community. President Trump said that with the full might of the sanctions again falling on Iran, the regime will want to renegotiate or risk their survival.
Now that the U.S. has announced its decision, the regime finds itself in a position of trying to find a way to sell the Iranian people on the benefits of staying in the deal with the Europeans, despite the fact that the sanctions are being reinstated. There is a fear that the economic conditions within Iran will continue to worsen, driving the people to continue their uprising efforts against the regime.
The European allies issued a statement encouraging Iran to continue to meet its obligations as outlined in the agreement, in spite of the U.S. withdrawal.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Trump for his decision. “The deal didn’t push war further away, it actually brought it closer,” said Netanyahu. “The deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression, it dramatically increased it, and we see this across the entire Middle East.”
Iranian Resistance reaction
At the time the JCPOA being signed, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Circumventing the six UN Security Council resolutions and coming up with an unsigned agreement that is not internationally bounding as a treaty would neither block the mullahs’ path to deception nor their access to the nuclear bomb. Had the P5+1 been more decisive, the Iranian regime would have had no way but to fully retreat and permanently give up its efforts to acquire the nuclear bomb. Specifically, it would have halted all uranium enrichment and shut down its bomb-making projects.”
Under the reinstatement of the sanctions, along with the new ones that President Trump instructed the Treasury Department to develop, European companies will have between 90 to 180 days to wind down operations in Iran or risk their access to the American banking system.