President Donald J. Trump announced a plan to withdraw from the Iran Deal on Friday, calling the four-year deal a “sponsorship of terrorism” that in no way benefited the United States. The agreement outlines America’s plan to deny Iran the ability to develop nuclear weapons.
“In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated. It is under continuous review and our participation can be canceled by me, as president, at any time.”
This announcement comes directly after a previous announcement on Thursday, when President Trump announced the U.S. Government would escalate its attempts to control Tehran. In both announcements, the President outlined concerns with Iran’s nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile programs as the driving force behind the changes.
Further lobbying over the weekend softened Trump’s original announcement that he would withdraw, prompting the POTUS to remain in the deal after enacting serious and extensive amendments to it.
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was one of the parties encouraging Trump to remain in the deal. Although he believes it is in the U.S.’ best interest to remain within it, he agrees that the original deal did little to address important concerns. Tillerson released a new strategy over the weekend outlining his recommended amendments.
The new amendments address Iran’s involvement in localized conflict throughout the Middle East as well as issues with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who are currently still loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The U.S. Treasury Department enacted new sanctions that will directly influence the IRGC by limiting their ability to support Assad Syria or well-known terror groups.
Trump asserted the denial of the original deal wasn’t out of spite, but out of a desire to put an end to further potential conflicts.
“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”