Tag Archives: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The decertification of Iran speech: Refuting Trump

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ted Snider

“Iran’s hardliners were right. They recited a long history of agreements in which Iranian compliance was repaid with American betrayal. Like a Persian chorus of Cassandras, they called their warnings into the wind, and the world called them crazy. Well, the mad mullahs were right. Despite the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declaring each time it has reported — most recently in August 2017 — that Iran is in total compliance with its agreements in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Donald Trump has now carried through on his threat to decertify Iran. And the United Nations body is not alone. Trump’s own military and intelligence community has clearly told him the same thing.” (10/18/17)


Ten reasons the US should stick with the Iran nuclear deal

Source: OpEdNews
by Medea Benjamin

“President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will not recertify that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal. He will argue, falsely, that the agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States. The president’s announcement will not end the deal but will pass the buck to Congress. In the next 60 days, Congress could impose new sanctions that would scuttle the deal or it could pass new legislation addressing issues that were never part of the original mandate, which would also effectively kill the agreement. Enough public pressure could keep the agreement intact. Here are 10 good reasons why the US should uphold the deal.” (10/11/17)


The costs of reneging on the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The consequences for reneging on the deal will be uniformly negative for the U.S. Even if those consequences aren’t quite as bad as some experts are predicting, they will include damage to our government’s reputation, a loss of trust with close allies, and much greater skepticism if the U.S. asks for international cooperation on another difficult negotiation later on. The U.S. under a different administration may be able to repair the damage and regain the trust that Trump is about to squander, but it would be far better if one of Trump’s successors didn’t have to clean up his mess. Trump’s intention to blow up the deal is all the more alarming to other governments, especially our allies, because it is so clearly unnecessary and irrational.” (10/10/17)


Trump plans to “decertify” Iran nuclear deal next week

Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump plans to ‘decertify’ the Iran nuclear deal next week, declaring the Obama-era pact not in US interests and launching a congressional review period on the accord, according to two senior US officials. Trump is tentatively scheduled to unveil his plan during remarks a week from Thursday, though one official cautioned the timing could shift. Trump said Thursday that Iran has not ‘lived up’ to the spirit of the deal. Speaking ahead of a dinner with military officers, Trump said it was imperative Iran not obtain nuclear weapons.” [editor’s note: There was little if any reason to believe Iran’s regime was trying to obtain nuclear weapons BEFORE the deal, or that it has not held up its end of the deal. Trump’s tantrum is about playing to his jingoist base, not about anything actually going on in Iran – TLK] (10/05/17)


Discerning the “spirit” of the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“In the last two and a half years, the U.S. has ‘stepped up’ support for Iran’s regional rivals, it has enabled an atrocious war on Yemen that Washington’s clients dishonestly claim is intended to combat Iranian influence, and it has launched attacks on Iranian allies in Syria. Does any of that mean that the U.S. is violating the ‘spirit’ of the deal? No. While those policies may be bad (and in some cases they are indefensible), they have nothing to do with whether or not the U.S. is keeping up its end of the bargain. So it is frankly ridiculous to use other Iranian behavior to claim that it is somehow violating the ‘spirit’ of the deal when it is fulfilling its actual obligations on the nuclear issue.” (09/17/17)


Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“Following the Obama administration’s signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed rigorous limitations on it for the foreseeable future, Congress passed legislation requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement. President Trump has done this twice so far. But he has given strong indications that he will refuse to do it a third time. With the next 90-day deadline approaching on October 15, the survival of the Iran deal hangs in the balance. The problem with Trump’s stated intention to refuse to certify Iranian compliance is that Iran is, in fact, fully complying.” (09/15/17)


US regime extends some Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

Source: Reuters

“The United States on Thursday extended some sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal but said it has yet to decide whether to preserve the deal itself, the State Department said. President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, said Iran is violating ‘the spirit’ of the 2015 deal under which Iran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. In a sign of Trump’s desire to put pressure on Iran, which denies violating the deal, the U.S. Treasury announced new cyber-related and other sanctions on seven Iranian individuals, two Iranian entities and two Ukraine-based entities.” (09/14/17)


Haley debuts Trump’s case for ending Iran nuke deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“While UN ambassador Nikki Haley certainly didn’t come to the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday to praise the nuclear agreement with Iran, she insisted she wasn’t there to bury it either. But we think she doth protest too much. Because that is exactly what she set out to do. ‘I’m not making the case for decertifying (the agreement),’ she told her rapt AEI audience. ‘I’m just saying if he (president) should decertify, he has the grounds.’ … Her speech, delivered at the most hawkish think tank in Washington — a nesting ground for the key architects of the Iraq War and wider Global War on Terror, not to mention nearly every anti-Iranian hardliner in town — came just five days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared for the eighth time that Iran was complying with the 2015 deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.” (09/06/17)


Haley: Trump “has grounds” to say Iran violating nuclear deal

Source: Politico

“Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador says the president ‘has grounds’ to declare that Iran is not complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, stoking doubts about whether Trump intends to keep an international agreement and core legacy achievement for former President Barack Obama. Nikki Haley, speaking Tuesday in Washington, said she did not know what Trump plans to do next month when he is due to certify to Congress whether Tehran is complying with the agreement. But she appeared to lay the groundwork for Trump to declare that Iran is in violation of the deal. Haley stressed that such ‘de-certification’ does not invalidate the nuclear deal or constitute a U.S. withdrawal. But it would likely enrage Iran and rattle U.S. allies in Europe and beyond who fear that Trump wants to unravel the agreement without actually declaring that the U.S. will no longer honor it.” [editor’s note: In addition to Iran, six other nations are signatory to the deal, and they aren’t likely to drop it – TLK] (09/05/17)


Trump seeks “cooked” intelligence to renege on the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The Trump White House is reportedly pushing intelligence analysts to find Iranian violations of the JCPOA when they don’t exist: ‘US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former officials and analysts.’ It is telling that the White House has to resort to manipulating the intelligence on Iran and the nuclear deal, as it shows that the only way to discover Iranian violations of the deal is to distort intelligence analysis and make them up.” (08/28/17)