President Trump made a controversial decision this week when he decided to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal completely. The decision surprised experts because it directly violates the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) enacted just three years prior, straining ties between the US and European allies.
• France, Germany, and the UK have all shared their disappointment in the decision through various channels. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the “nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake.” A statement from all three countries also showed concern; it reads, “We urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal.”
• Trump threatened to levy the “highest level of economic sanctions” on Iran, calling the nuclear deal “horrible and one-sided.” He also said that, “At the heart of the deal was a giant fiction,” and indicated that “any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could be strongly sanctioned.”
• Part of Trump’s plan to enact sanctions includes warning countries still doing business with Iran to extract themselves within 90 days. Countries who refuse or are unable to follow such guidelines will be penalized themselves through high-level sanctions.
• Current Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, seemed unfazed by the POTUS’s decision to pull out of the deal. “This is a psychological war,” he said. “We won’t allow Trump to win. I’m happy that the pesky being has left.” Hassan also asserted that the deal will survive as long as other allies defy Trump’s decision to pull out.
• The only country who appears to be siding with Trump right now is close ally Israel, who thanked the POTUS for showing “courageous leadership.” Israel’s Prime Minister explained that the country “…fully supports President Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran,” standing by his side.