White House, May 8, 2018 – President Trump announces his decision to pull the US out of the nuclear agreement that was negotiated by the Obama administration.
This decision comes in after years of the President’s opinion he’s voiced many times that this was one of the worst deals ever negotiated. His opinion stands in contrast to a number of our European allies, including France and Germany, as well as some on Capitol Hill, who argued the deal is better than no deal, and that it should be improved, not dropped.
The deal restricted Iran’s uranium enrichment
Limited the number of centrifuges Iran can have
Gave access to international inspectors to visit Iran’s nuclear facilities.
President Trump’s new National Security Advisor, John Bolten, is known to be against the deal. He argued that this does not stop the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons, but only delays their development. Further, he has argued in editorials that lifting the sanctions that were in place against Iran, allows them to use an improved economy to fund more terrorism around their region.
“If I allowed this deal to stay, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.” The President said in his announcement.
The President noted there were many places in Iran that did not allow inspectors to go to, including military bases.
He noted the US has consulted with European allies, as well as allies in the Middle-East. The President said it is clear the current agreement would not stop the Iranians from getting a nuclear bomb.
“I am announcing today the United States will withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.” He said he will reinstall sanctions on Iran.
“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make a promise, I keep them.” The President noted that Secretary of State Pompeo, is now on the way to North Korea for the June Summitt with Kim Jong Un.
“If the Iranian regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it had before,” he said
The President sent a message to the Iranian people that honored their history and culture in an attempt to draw a distinction between the Iranian people and their government.