Iran: On closer examination of 'the deal'.


U.S. President Trump has issued a broadside to the Iranian regime, warning that Washington's patience is running out. He has garnered some support and much criticism. Has Trump a hope of unravelling the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats? Many believe the Iran nuclear deal is the more dangerous. Political analyst Nehad Ismail, looks at some of the reasons why.

Writing in the National Review on 28th August 2017 John R. Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said: "Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity".

I wrote two years ago that the deal was good only for Iran. Obama was in a terrible hurry to sign this messy deal and now the chickens are coming home to roost. President Donald Trump campaigned against the nuclear deal and continues to criticise the deal but is still reluctant to take the next bold step. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed US demands for the UN's nuclear watchdog to inspect Iran's military sites, saying in a televised interview that "we will not accept anything by force."

His comments last week were a response to demands by US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect military as well as non-military sites in Iran, to check the country's compliance with a deal that curbs Iran's nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Haley's demand for increased access for IAEA inspectors in Iran came after she met last week with IAEA experts in Vienna, Austria. Haley tweeted on 31st August: "If Iran rejects a valid request for inspections, then the nuclear deal is as they say 'merely a dream.'" At the time of writing it had received 358 replies 1,673 retweets and 3,992 likes

The Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was an international agreement hammered out over many months. China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US, the EU and Iran reached a deal in July 2015 and it was implemented in January 2016. The IAEA was supposed to have regular access to nuclear sites inside Iran and verifies that it is implementing its side of the deal; in exchange, the US, United Nations and European Union lifted nuclear-related sanctions. Every 90 days, the US President must certify that Iran is keeping up its end of the deal. Iran remains under multiple sanctions for terrorism-related activities...

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