On May 8, Tuesday, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as Joint Comprehension Plan Of Action, JCPOA, making US’ position ‘uncertain’ in the world political affairs.
In his pronouncement, Mr. Trump declared the landmark deal to be “defective at its core,” a pact that was formed and signed by Iran and a group of world powers, including US, UK, France, and Germany, during Obama’s presidency.
According to Trump, this deal was strongly one-sided, which is failing to protect the US and its allies from the unpredictable “lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb- a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime.”
A framework of this agreement was formulated in 2015 which would lift the US and EU sanctions against Iran, freeing up several frozen assets and oil revenue, benefiting Iran with billions, and in turn, Iran would reduce its nuclear facilities and refrain from creating a nuclear weapon.
Though Iran has efficiently kept their end of the bargain, the US president still showed substantial lack of conviction and took this step.
Stating his fear of a nuclear outrage at the hands of the Iranian regime, Donald Trump said: If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen.
New, powerful sanctions are said to be initiated immediately on the already struggling economy of the regime, with an imminent threat of “severe consequences” if Iran continues to pursue its nuclear aspirations.
“The United States could strongly sanction any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons,” he declared.
Trump justified his act with reasons; Iran continuously proving over time its violent nature, instigating terror across the Middle East, and supporting terrorist groups.
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This development caused an uproar. US allies, European countries in this agreement, expressed regret and did not support Trump’s decision for it was not one to be single-handedly carried out.
Hillary Clinton expressed her concerns regarding this, stating that this withdrawal has put America’s integrity and trustworthiness in the world at stake.
Iran reacted very angrily to this American betrayal. The Iranian parliamentarians flew into an outrage, lighting a paper US flag on fire, and shouting “Death to America.”
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani confirmed the continual of Iran nuclear deal. In a vehement reaction to the US pull out, he added: If Iran and other countries can’t agree on a way forward, Iran might start enriching uranium at uncapped levels.
It is an impending threat to the US as a repercussion of Trump’s bold, albeit impulsive decision.
Former President Barrack Obama commented on this new development, recognized it as “a serious mistake,” which could be a basis for war eruption in the Middle East. Similarly, Chuck Schumer, US Senator, criticized it although he had fought against the Iran nuclear deal during its formulation.
Other members of this pact, UK, France, and Germany expressed dire concerns about the withdrawal as well as Iranian economy’s future, and have come forward to salvage the deal. They are willing to “work on a widened accord.”
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian certified the JCPOA as “not dead” despite the US withdrawal. In an attempt to keep Iran from creating nuclear weapons, they want to negotiate with the Iranian leaders, having reinforced that Iran has been fully complying with the commitments thus nuclear-related sanctions should be lifted for the Iranian economy to thrive.
Even though the pact members have provided a credible amount of consolation, Iranian leaders are still skeptical.
Rouhani said Europe had an “insufficient opportunity” to save the deal, while the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khameini explicitly articulated his distrust for UK, France or Germany. Furthermore, he commented, “I said many times from the first day. Don’t trust America.”
While an inordinate amount of disapproval is being aimed at this uncoordinated decision, supporters are pleased, claiming it to be an assertion of “America ruling again.” Many are praising Trump for finally resolving a grave mistake conducted by his predecessor, Obama, which included handing out billions to the Iranian regime in the name of Iran Nuclear Deal.
US other allies in the Middle East are fervently applauding Trump’s decision. Allies that include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Israel, while acknowledging sanctions as the best way to block Iran’s unpredictable, violent activities.
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Though it has been only a day since this declaration, it has already insinuated an air of hostility in the Middle East. Especially Israel’s leaders are leery since then, putting their country on high alert.
Iran’s economy is expected to receive a mighty low blow eventually, solely due to the US walkout of the nuclear deal. Oil export would be devastated.
Business opportunities and tourism rate would go down dramatically, undermining every inch of progress made by the Iranians to date. It’s a significant threat to Iran’s international trade relationships and national banking system. Thus overall Iranian economy would be crippled in time.
How Iran deals with this adversity; whether it chooses to go down the nuclear road or to welcome negotiations, is still in question.